US Defence Secretary flays Russian Federation over Ukraine confrontation

Frederick Owens
December 4, 2018

"There is no doubt the relationship has worsened", between the USA and Russian Federation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin "tried again to muck around in our elections this last month, and we are seeing a continued effort along those lines", Mattis told an audience at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California on Saturday.

"The Taliban have made clear the lives of the Afghan people are of no value to them".

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

Notably calling President Vladimir Putin out by name, Mattis said that Putin's actions have become a catalyst for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries to "rearm and to strengthen" on a unified and democratic level.

Follow The Khaama Press News Agency on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook. He stressed that Russian Federation tried to interfere in mid-term elections in the U.S. last month - the same as it did in 2016, but the American authorities will take all necessary to continue to reliably protect our democracy.

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Referring to last week's naval confrontation near the Crimean peninsula, in which Russian ships seized three Ukrainian ships and two dozen Ukrainian sailors, Mattis criticized what he called Russia's "brazen" violation of a treaty with Ukraine.

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

"Mr. Putin is clearly a "slow learner" (an expression, often translated as" slowly thinking, " stupid", - ed.). He recognizes that what he does is actually creates hostility against his people.

Speaking in Buenos Aires, Putin told reporters Saturday there were no preconditions for future bilateral talks with Trump.

"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.

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