Mattis says Russian Federation tried to 'muck around' U.S. vote, again

Mattis says Russian Federation tried to 'muck around' U.S. vote, again

Mattis says Russian Federation tried to 'muck around' U.S. vote, again

Editor's Note: This article by Oriana Pawlyk originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community. "He is not recognizing that what he is doing is actually creating an animosity against his people", Mattis said.

"This is a very complex situation because Mr. Putin is clearly a slow learner", Mattis said at a defence forum in California on Saturday, commenting on alleged Russian aggression.

Mattis also touched on the US intention to quit the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which the USA says Russian Federation is violating, according to a transcript provided in advance.

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. "[Putin] tried again to muck around in our elections this last month and we are seeing a continued effort along those lines", Mattis said.

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

Last week, US Ambassador Nikki Haley to the United Nations accused Russian Federation of "outlaw actions" and an "outrageous violation of sovereign Ukrainian territory" while addressing an emergency meeting of the Security Council. USA prosecutors in October charged a Russian national with playing a financial role in a Kremlin-backed plan to conduct "information warfare" against the United States, including attempts to influence the midterm election.

On Saturday, Putin said he hopes a meeting with Trump will take place "when the U.S. is ready". "I think the opportunity is to sit down and directly confront an adversary", Panetta said. Trump abruptly canceled a planned meeting with Putin at the summit just two days before they were scheduled to sit down.

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