Leaked documents from the Kremlin show the Russian President personally involved in an operation to help Donald Trump win the 2016 US Presidential election.
The bombshell documents have been obtained by The Guardian newspaper.
They appear to have come from a closed meeting of the country’s national security council in January 2016, when Donald Trump had become the Republican front runner.
The most significant Kremlin document describes Mr Trump as the “most promising candidate” from Russia’s perspective.
Trump is described as an “impulsive, mentally unstable and unbalanced individual who suffers from an inferiority complex” and his ascent to the presidency “will definitely lead to the destabilisation of the US’s sociopolitical system”.
The paper says “It is acutely necessary to use all possible force to facilitate his election to the post of US president.”
They agreed a Trump White House would help secure Moscow’s strategic objectives, among them “social turmoil” in the US and a weakening of the American president’s negotiating position.
Russia’s three spy agencies were ordered to find practical ways to support Trump, in a decree appearing to bear Putin’s signature.
It also alludes to compromising material that Russia supposedly has on Mr Trump. The paper refers to “certain events” that happened during Trump’s trips to Moscow.
Donald Trump has labelled the documents “disgusting fake news”. The Kremlin has dismissed the papers as a great fiction.
Western intelligence agencies are understood to have been aware of the documents for some months and to have carefully examined them.
In a statement, Mr Trump called The Guardian’s story “disgusting”.
“This is disgusting. It’s fake news, just like RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA was fake news,” said the former president.
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Putin threatens West with nuclear strike
Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a direct threat to employ nuclear weapons against the West, accusing NATO and the United States of preparing to strike Russia.
Putin delivered this ominous warning during his annual address to the nation, raising global tensions to unprecedented levels.
During his speech, Putin accused NATO and the US of deceptive maneuvers, alleging their intentions to launch an attack on Russian territory.
He emphasised Russia’s readiness to defend itself, boasting of its modernized nuclear arsenal and asserting the capability to defeat any potential aggressors on their own soil.
The Russian leader’s words carried a chilling reminder of the destructive power at his disposal, stating, “They have to understand that we also have weapons, weapons that can defeat them on their own territory.”
Such rhetoric underscores the grave risk of escalating conflict and the potential catastrophic consequences of nuclear warfare.
Putin warned that the deployment of troops to Ukraine by NATO countries could lead to a real risk of nuclear war.
He emphasised Russia’s determination to strengthen its military presence in response to perceived threats from neighboring nations aligning with Western alliances.
In addition to military concerns, Putin criticized Western efforts to engage Russia in an arms race, vowing to bolster Russia’s defense capabilities while accusing the West of attempting to weaken the country economically and politically.
Despite escalating tensions and global condemnation of Russia’s actions in Ukraine, Putin sought to rally support domestically, praising Russian unity and resilience in the face of adversity.
He portrayed Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine as a defensive measure to safeguard national interests and protect Russian citizens.
Putin’s aggressive stance towards the West underscores the deepening rift between Russia and Western powers, raising fears of a potential conflict with far-reaching consequences.
FAA gives Boeing 30 days to fix 737 MAX program
The Federal Aviation Administration has issued Boeing a 90-day deadline to devise a comprehensive plan for enhancing quality control procedures after a recent incident involving a 737 Max aircraft.
Less than two months following an alarming occurrence where a door plug blew out of a 737 Max aircraft just nine minutes into an Alaska Airlines flight, the FAA has demanded Boeing to present a thorough strategy to address quality control deficiencies.
The incident, which took place on Flight 1282, revealed that essential bolts required to secure an unused door panel on the nearly new aircraft were missing, according to a preliminary investigation conducted earlier this month.
The door plug had been removed and reinstalled at Boeing’s Renton, Washington, factory where the 737 Max is manufactured.
This incident adds to a string of production issues plaguing Boeing’s flagship aircraft.
In response to the FAA’s directive, Boeing affirmed its commitment to developing a comprehensive action plan with measurable benchmarks.
The aerospace giant assured that its leadership is fully dedicated to meeting this challenge head-on.
FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker emphasized the need for Boeing to implement substantial and enduring improvements, emphasizing that foundational changes will necessitate ongoing commitment from the company’s leadership.
The FAA intends to hold Boeing accountable at every stage of the process, ensuring that mutually agreed milestones and expectations are met.
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