Mattis says Russian Federation tried to 'muck around' USA vote, again

Cheryl Sanders
December 4, 2018

In his address to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute yesterday Mattis also said that the USA seeks a constructive, results-oriented relationship with Beijing. "What we see, what Putin is doing, not observing worldwide agreements... we are dealing with someone who we just can't trust", - said Mattis, calling Putin a "slow learner" (translated from English. - bad student, tokodai, obtuse). "We will be under attack".

Mattis accused Putin of undermining democratic processes in the United States that the Russian leader is conducting by interfering in elections.

Follow The Khaama Press News Agency on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook. "[Putin] tried again to muck around in our elections this last month and we are seeing a continued effort along those lines", Mattis said.

The remarks by Mattis at a security forum in California came a day after President Donald Trump held informal talks with Putin on the sidelines of the Group of 20 industrialized nations meeting in Argentina.

During the forum, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Russian Federation will continue to undermine its neighbors, but also the United States in order to project its strength.

Russian forces opened fire on Ukrainian naval vessels last weekend and seized them and their crew near Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

"We are dealing with someone that we simply can not trust", he said.

"Mr. Putin is clearly a slow learner".

"He is not recognising that what he is doing is actually creating the animosity against his people". Trump tweeted while on his way to Buenos Aires. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called the canceled Trump-Putin meeting a missed opportunity, saying it didn't "help settling a number of important worldwide problems".

"We are dealing with Putin's duplicitous violation of the INF treaty", he said, noting that while the United States remains in compliance, Russian Federation does not.

After the 2016 presidential election, the US intelligence community unanimously concluded that Russian Federation meddled in the USA political system.

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