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“Relations between Ukraine and Azerbaijan have deep historical roots and are based on mutual respect, trust and fruitful cooperation,” said President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky as he sent a letter of congratulation to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on the occasion of Independence Day of Azerbaijan, APA reports.
“I am confident that through joint efforts we can fully realize the existing potential of strategic partnership in all areas of mutual interest between Kyiv and Baku,” it was noted in the letter of Zelensky.
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has addressed a letter of congratulation to President of the Republic of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky on the occasion of the National Holiday of the country, APA reports.
The letter of congratulation reads:
“Dear Mr. President,
On my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Azerbaijan, I extend my most sincere congratulations to you and through you, your entire people on the occasion of the national holiday of Ukraine – the Independence Day.
The current high level of relations between Azerbaijan and Ukraine stems from the historical traditions of close friendship and mutual respect between our peoples. It is gratifying that thanks to our joint efforts, our interstate relations, which stem from this will and are built on solid foundations, have developed dynamically and reached a new stage. I believe that Azerbaijan-Ukraine relations will continue to develop in accordance with the goals and objectives reflected in the Joint Declaration we signed during my visit to Ukraine in January of last year.
I recall our meeting in Chisinau this June, our exchange of views on Azerbaijan-Ukraine bilateral relations with fond memories.
Guided by the UN Charter, the norms and principles of international law, Azerbaijan respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries, including Ukraine. We always keep the issues of humanitarian assistance to the people of Ukraine in the spotlight, and express our readiness to continue to provide the necessary assistance.
I am confident that we will consistently continue our joint efforts to expand friendly relations between Azerbaijan and Ukraine and strengthen our mutually beneficial cooperation in line with the interests of our peoples.
On this festive day, I extend my best regards to you, and wish the friendly people of Ukraine peace and tranquility”.
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Former President Donald Trump routinely overstated his personal net worth to financial institutions, by as much as $2.2 billion one year, New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office alleged in a filing Wednesday.
The figures, tucked into a 100-page motion for partial summary judgment, are the latest details in the sweeping $250 million civil lawsuit James brought against Trump, some of his eldest children and the Trump Organization last year. The lawsuit alleges efforts spanning 10 years to inflate Trump’s personal net worth to attract favorable loan agreements.
In court papers filed Wednesday in state Supreme Court, prosecutors asked the court to rule in favor of the attorney general’s office on only the first cause of action they brought against Trump last year, which argued that the former president and some Trump Organization employees used financial statements as a “vehicle” to fraudulently inflate his net worth by billions of dollars annually from 2011 to 2021.
Prosecutors said in Wednesday’s filing that defendants had “falsely inflated by billions of dollars” the value of various assets listed on Trump’s annual statement of financial condition — his own personal financial report card — which falsely puffed up his overall net worth.
According to calculations submitted by prosecutors, Trump routinely overstated his personal financial condition from 2011 to 2021, and he overstated his personal financial condition by comparable levels while he was in office.
“Correcting for these and other blatant and obvious deceptive practices engaged in by Defendants reduces Mr. Trump’s net worth by between 17-39% in each year, or between $812 million to $2.2 billion, depending on the year,” the filing said.
During his first year in office, prosecutors allege, Trump overstated his personal wealth by over $1.1 billion and then overstated his financial condition by $1.9 billion in 2018.
Trump, and at times trustees of his revocable trust, repeatedly provided those statements to financial institutions to secure and maintain more favorable loans and insurance, “reaping hundreds of millions of dollars in ill-gotten savings and profits,” prosecutors wrote.
They urged the court to consider “two simple and straightforward questions,” specifically whether Trump’s statements of financial conditions from 2011 to 2021 were “false or misleading” and whether defendants “repeatedly or persistently” used the documents to conduct business transactions.
Prosecutors argue that answering yes to both questions should prompt the court to resolve the matter in their favor before trial.
The filing details how Trump overstated his wealth by valuing properties at amounts that “significantly exceeded professional appraisals of which his employees were aware and chose to ignore.”
In one instance, they argue, Trump valued undeveloped land at his golf course in Aberdeen, Scotland, based on an assumption that he could build and sell more residential homes than approved by local authorities.
Meanwhile, in the case of his leased property at 40 Wall St. in New York City, Trump at times valued it “at more than twice the appraised value,” they wrote.
Trump also inflated the value of his triplex apartment at Trump Tower by nearly tripling its actual square footage, an error that they argue “inflated the apartment’s value by approximately $100-$200 million each year from 2012 to 2016.”
An attorney for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday. Trump has denied wrongdoing in the case, calling it a “witch hunt.”
The civil trial on the other counts is scheduled to begin in October.
CORRECTION (Aug. 30, 2023, 10:49 p.m. ET): A previous version of this article misstated that Trump is accused of having “overstated” his net worth by as much as 38.5% in a given year. Prosecutors allege in the court filing that the true worth of his properties in a given year was as much as 38.5% less than what he asserted. The incorrect paraphrasing has been replaced with a direct quotation from the filing.
The biggest drone attack on Russia since its invasion of Ukraine has prompted Kremlin propagandist Vladimir Solovyov to deliver an on-air tirade about what he believes is necessary for Moscow to win the war it started.
Several Russian regions were targeted in a large-scale drone attack on Wednesday night. Aircraft—including Ilyushin IL-76s—were destroyed or damaged at an airfield in Pskov, 450 miles from Ukraine, in what signaled a serious military failure by Moscow. Russian authorities have blamed Ukraine for the attacks, although Kyiv has not claimed responsibility.
On Vladimir Solovyov’s radio show Polniy Kontakt (Full Contact), the ally of Vladimir Putin criticized the images and information that regional governors shared on social media about the aftermath of the strikes.
“Stop pretending to be bloggers,” he said at the start of the 11-minute clip, shared by Russia watcher and journalist Julia Davis, during which his voice veered from confessional whisper to full-throttled fire-and-brimstone sermon. “Why are you posting photos?”
Kremlin propagandist Vladimir Solovyov has reacted angrily to the drone attacks on Russian regions on August 30, 2023. On his radio show Full Contact, he reiterated his calls for nuclear weapons to be used. Getty Images
Wearing a red USSR tracksuit top slightly zipped down while a trophy for his broadcasting efforts sat to his right, Solovyov continued by asking how such a “powerful” attack in which the “very bad” losses of Russian aircraft was possible.
Answering his own question, Solovyov surmised that NATO aerospace intelligence had helped with reconnaissance that Russia was not taking seriously enough, concluding that such forces “must be destroyed.”
He dismissed claims that Russia’s air defenses could chase the drones away and rejected concerns that an escalation of Moscow’s efforts would lead to a direct confrontation with the alliance, with which he has repeatedly said Moscow is fighting a proxy war.
Vladimir Solovyov was furious about Ukraine’s latest drone attack. Blinded by rage, he revealed that Russian experts are urging the Kremlin to end this war and came close to admitting that Russia can’t win with conventional weapons.https://t.co/YMSanFUYsd
— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) August 30, 2023
“If we are going to wage war, we should wage war,” he said, before mocking the criticism of comments made on his show by Andrey Gurulyov, a Russian parliament member and former military commander, that the area around Robotyne that Ukraine has liberated is “the perfect case for a tactical nuclear strike.”
Solovyov called such critics “sniveling wimps,” adding “get ready and head for the front! Show how you can do it without nuclear weapons.”
Solovyov then seemed to broaden his nuclear threat from tactical to strategic as he noted Pskov’s proximity to NATO countries Estonia and Latvia. He said that if the drones had been launched from the Baltic states “then erase them from the face of the Earth.”
“If the strike was launched from a NATO country this is NATO’s declaration of war against Russia,” he said, “that means in response, nuclear weapons should be immediately used.” Estonia has said that it was not behind the drone attack.
Newsweek has contacted NATO by email for comment.
Since the start of the war, Solovyov and guests on his evening TV show have repeatedly invoked Russia’s nuclear capabilities, calling for strikes on countries that are supporting Kyiv and sometimes, for their use on the battlefield. While there has been a nuclear threat hanging over the war, the received wisdom from experts that such a move is unlikely at the moment.
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