Putin says Russian people will choose his successor via ballot box

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 21, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his USA counterpart Donald Trump have been named among the 100 most influential people in 2017, according to TIME Magazine list released on Thursday, Sputnik reports.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly been warned that in the event of a U.S. strike on Kim Jong-un's nuclear facilities, contamination could swiftly reach Russia. The second document, which was written in October, is said to conclude that Hillary Clinton would probably win the election, so Russian Federation should start pushing voter fraud claims to undermine her presidency.

President Vladimir Putin's office appoints the retired Russian intelligence officials who work at the institute, according to Reuters.

Putin has repeatedly denied that his government had any hand in trying to determine the US election. There is no evidence thus far that Trump or his associates knew about Russia's effort during the campaign.

The document reportedly said the Kremlin should launch a propaganda campaign on social media and Russian-backed news that stressed the point that the smart choice for president would be a candidate with a softer approach to Moscow.

There has been confusion over the whereabouts of a United States aircraft carrier group after Mr Trump said last week he had sent an "armada" as a warning to North Korea, even as the ships were sailing in the opposite direction.

"Today, even as the worldwide agenda continues to be important, equally urgent are Russia's domestic problems ..."

It also claimed that Russian media outlets were allegedly asked to write reports that would encourage Americans to vote for a pro-Kremlin leader, unlike the previous Obama administration.

"And by the way, it's not the first pack of lies we're hearing from "sources in USA official circles", the spokesperson added. It developed a plan to swing the election in favor of President Trump and undermine voters' faith in the election process, the report added.

The institute was, until recently, run by Leonid Reshetnikov - seen here, left, with Iranian envoy Ali-Akbar Velayati in 2016.

The Pentagon downplayed the incident but many foreign policy observers pointed to it as a Russian attempt to remind the president that it won't be bullied by the U.S. The institute says he served as the director of Russia's foreign intelligence service from 2007 to 2016.

"We did our best for almost eight years to implement your foreign policy concept", Reshetnikov told Putin.

- Both China and Russian Federation believe President Trump is willing and capable of ordering a strike on North Korea.

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