Mattis Condemns Russia's ‘Brazen’ Aggression Against Ukraine

Mattis Condemns Russia's ‘Brazen’ Aggression Against Ukraine

Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Saturday he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin again tried to meddle in US elections.

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

But independent researchers and social media firms countered this conclusion, saying that Russian Federation has indeed continued its online influence campaigns to sow distrust in American democratic institutions.

Mattis did not elaborate on his claim that Russian Federation tried to interfere in last month's elections, adding only, "We are seeing a continued effort along those lines".

"Continued efforts to democratic process must be defended".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday said the Ukraine events were the only reason Trump canceled his planned formal meeting with Putin in Argentina, not developments in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

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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.

"Mr. Putin is clearly a "slow learner" (an expression, often translated as" slowly thinking, " stupid", - ed.).

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Saturday blasted Moscow following the Russian navy's "brazen" violation of a waterway treaty with Kiev and the seizure of three Ukrainian vessels. He recognizes that what he does is actually creates hostility against his people.

Mattis did not make reference to President Donald Trump's recent announcement that the United States would be withdrawing from the treaty. "He's not acting in the best interests of the Russian people, and he is actually causing North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to rearm".

The Trump administration asserts that Russian Federation has been violating the treaty by producing and deploying land-based missiles the accord had banned.

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