Between statements from the Department of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence accusing Russia of interfering with the 2016 Presidential Election, as well as President Trump’s recent comments about Vladimir Putin in a Fox News interview, there appear to be multiple links between the Trump administration and Putin. A recent report cites the history between the two leaders as the possible basis for extraditing NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Tragedy struck Russia on Christmas after a Russian military plane en route to Syria crashed into the Back Sea, the Associated Press reports. The Tu-154 aircraft reportedly had 92 passengers on board, including the official military choir who were traveling to the Russian Hemeimeem air base in Syria’s coastal province of Latakia for a scheduled New Year’s Eve performance. There was no sign of survivors, according to the Russian defense ministry.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin sharply disagreed Monday over the chaos in Syria, with Obama urging a political transition to replace the Syrian president but Putin warning it would be a mistake to abandon the current government.