Putin criticized for saying Jews, minorities may have meddled in U.S. vote

Ann Santiago
March 16, 2018

"Performance characteristics and time indicators of the Kinzhal high-precision airborne missile system were confirmed during the hypersonic missile launch", the ministry said.

In the film, called "Putin" and available on Russian social media, the president says he was told by security officers shortly before the opening ceremony was due to start that a plane had been hijacked. Tests of this nature also help the ground crews and all other military personnel involved to get familiar with the new missiles.

Russian military personnel have been trained to carry out day and nighttime flights with the weapon in any weather conditions, the ministry said.

It added the missile hit the intended target.

Russia's Defense Ministry said the missile was launched from a MiG-31 aircraft that took off from an airfield in southwestern Russian Federation.

Since the USA intelligence community concluded in January 2017 that Russian Federation engaged in a wide-ranging hacking-and-propaganda campaign to sway the presidential election, there has been mounting evidence pointing to an organized state effort.

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis is adamant that Russia's recently unveiled nuclear weapons delivery vehicles will not change the strategic balance between Washington and Moscow. "They do not impact any need on our side for a change in our deterrence posture".

"I said, 'No, I'm not Russian - I'm Jewish, '" Gorin recalled Monday, 27 years after the exchange at John F. Kennedy International Airport in NY.

"Let me talk about the end state. It does not change anything".

The Russian leader's comments come in a new two-hour documentary released online ahead of the upcoming presidential election in which he is the strong favourite. If Russia ever attacked the United States, it would be met with overwhelming force, said the source.

Top congressional Democrats are urging President Trump to "devote all available resources" to bringing 13 Russian nationals accused of meddling in the presidential election to the United States so they can stand trial.

"That's certainly something that we did not enjoy watching", she said.

During an interview with Megyn Kelly on US television, Putin said he "couldn't care less" about accusations of Russian interference in the election and 13 Russian nationals who were charged by USA special counsel Robert Mueller last month.

Russia's Defense Ministry has launched a web page seeking the public's help with naming its new arsenal.

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