Newly discovered memos between two former presidents have been released. It has been uncovered that while George W. Bush praised the “soul” of the Russian leader, the relationship between the two nations had in fact turned sour. The memos further revealed that they were contemplating taking action against Ukraine.

Such information, long hidden from the public eye, shakes the very foundations of our understanding of the political landscape. It speaks of clandestine conversations and backroom dealings between the world’s most powerful leaders. These memos shed light on the murky waters of international diplomacy and hint at the true nature of global politics.

As per the recent report in The New York Times, shocking memos have come to light warning about Russia’s plan to seize the Crimea region, as far back as five years before the actual annexation.

The memo highlights that the Russian government’s “strategy of personal diplomacy” was initially successful but the relationship with the United States deteriorated following Russia’s invasion of Georgia in 2008. The memo further emphasizes that Russia’s attempt to challenge the territorial integrity of Ukraine, particularly in Crimea, where the majority of the population is ethnically Russian and the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet is stationed, must be averted at all costs.

These revelations are indeed alarming, and they raise questions about the efficacy of international diplomacy and the underlying motivations of world powers. It is a grave reminder of the precarious nature of global politics and the need for proactive measures to safeguard the interests of nations and their citizens.

It went on to say, “Russia will exploit Europe’s dependence on Russian energy” and use political means “to drive wedges between the United States and Europe.”

Thirteen years later, it’s precisely what has happened. What Russian President Vladimir Putin didn’t seem to count on was just how badly equipped his military was and how willing the Europeans were to fight to preserve the NATO alliance with the United States.

There were 40 classified memos but only 30 of them will be published by the Brookings Institute on Wednesday with details by Bush’s former national security adviser, Stephen Hadley.

“They were designed to provide the incoming administration with what they needed to know about the most critical foreign policy and national security issues they would face,” Bush wrote in the book’s foreword. “The memoranda told them candidly what we thought we had accomplished — where we had succeeded and where we had fallen short — and what work remained to be done.”

Each memo focuses on a different country or a different element of foreign policy.