Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

U.S. Defense Chief Accuses Putin Of 'Duplicitous' Action On Missile Treaty

U.S. Defense Chief Accuses Putin Of 'Duplicitous' Action On Missile Treaty

However, Mattis said that he didn't think the threat from Russian Federation to American elections had increased.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Saturday said Russian Federation attempted to hack the USA midterm elections in November, and does not appear to be backing down its aggression in the Kerch Strait against Ukraine.

In remarks at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California, Mattis said the U.S.

Mattis said the relationship between the United States and Russian Federation has "no doubt" worsened amid Russia's continued efforts to intervene in the U.S. electoral process.

American intelligence agencies concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 US presidential election to sow discord and boost Trump's chances through a campaign of propaganda and hacking aimed at disparaging his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

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"We are dealing with someone that we simply can not trust, he said, noting that Russia's "actions speak louder than words".

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 also touched on the situation in the Kerch Strait with Russia's seizure of Ukrainian ships and sailors, which the US President Donald trump has canceled a meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit. "He is not recognizing that what he is doing is actually creating the animosity against his people".

In regards to the importance of the USA military presence in Afgahnistan, Secretary Mattis has said "If we leave, with 20-odd of the most risky terrorist groups in the world centered in that region, we know what will happen".

The decision to scrap the meeting with Putin came shortly after Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of lying to Congress about a skyscraper project Trump was pursuing in Moscow during the 2016 USA presidential race.

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