13 Russian WN Indicted to Combat US Election, Trump: No Collusion!

Washington DC
US President Donald Trump commented on charges of meddling in the US presidential election by 13 Russian nationals. Trump made the indictment as evidence that his campaign team did not collude with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

"Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for president," Trump said via Twitter- @realDonaldTrump as reported by AFP Saturday (17/2/2018). Trump's statement seemed to emphasize the details of the indictment as evidence that his campaign team was not involved in collusive practices with Russia.

"The election results are unaffected, the Trump campaign team is not violating – no collusion!" he added. Trump refers to the charge of indictments that do not indicate the involvement of US citizens, nor does it conclude whether this Russian intervention affects the results of the 2016 presidential election that won Trump.

In the indictment released by special prosecutor Robert Mueller on Friday (16/2), 13 Russian citizens as well as three Russian companies have been running a secret campaign to lead the US presidential election in 2016. The indictment details Russia's dark operations which began in 2014 and aims to divide the United States and affect American politics including the 2016 presidential election.

In a separate statement via the House White, Trump encourages all citizens 'to unite as Americans to protect the integrity of our democracy and elections'.

"We can not let those who attempt to spread chaos, division and hatred, succeed," Trump said in the statement. "It's time we stop partisan attacks, wild and false accusations, and unbelievable theories, which will only serve evil actors' agendas, like Russia, and do nothing to protect our institutional principles," he added.

In the indictment, Mueller suspects starting in mid-2016, the Russian team directed by Yevgeny Prigozhin – a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin – focused on catapulting Trump and dropping Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a US election campaign.

Allegedly, the Russian team involves hundreds of people working in turns with millions of dollars. According to the indictment, a number of Russian team members are disguised as US citizens on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, and post content that affects 'large numbers' of US citizens.

Mentioned in the indictment that this Russian team had time to communicate with some members of the Trump campaign team. But it was mentioned that members of the Trump campaign team were 'unaware of' Russian intervention at the time.

(nvc / rna)

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Qatar's Combat Jets Catch the United Arab Emirates Passenger Plane

 The United Arab Emirates accused Qatar jet fighters of intercepting a passenger plane while on a routine flight to Bahrain today. This incident heightened the months-long tension between the two Gulf Arab states.

"Qatar's combat jets intercepted an Emirati civilian aircraft during a routine flight to Manama, which is a striking threat to civil aviation safety and clear violations against international law, "the United Arab Emirates Civil Aviation Public Authority said in an AFP report, on Monday (15/1/2018).

" This is a routine flight that has all the required documents, "

The United Arab Emirates Civil Aviation Authority condemned the incident and said it would take" all necessary legal steps to ensure the safety and security of civil air traffic. "

There has been no comment from the Qatari government regarding this report. It is also unclear whether the UAE's civil aviation was forced to divert its flight route by Qatar's jet fighters intercepting it.

It is noted that four Emirates-based Emirates airlines, Etihad, flydubai and Air Arabia – undertake flights to Bahrain

The United Arab Emirates is one of four Arab countries that cut off all relations with Qatar in June 2017. Termination was made on allegations that Qatar supported extremists and got closer to Iran. The Qatari government has denied the allegations.
(ita / ita)

US Secretary of State asks Pakistan to step up efforts to combat militants and terrorists

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday urged Pakistan to double efforts against militants and terrorists operating in its territory. He emphasized the role of Islamabad to cooperate with Washington to facilitate the peace process in Afghanistan.

Mattis makes a one-day visit in Pakistan and meets with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and army commander General Qamar Javed Bajwa. The meeting was also attended by Pakistani national intelligence chief and security adviser.

Mattis left Pakistan with confidence and optimism, according to senior defense officials, who described the meeting as "straightforward" and "focused on rebuilding trust".

The United States after the meeting said Mattis acknowledged Pakistan's sacrifice in the war against terrorism and called for increased efforts towards regional stability and security. [ds]