Mattis: Putin tried to ‘muck around’ in USA midterm elections

Mattis Putin tried to 'muck around' in US midterm elections

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In his comments December 1, Jim Mattis also asserted that Moscow had tried to interfere in last month's midterm congressional elections.

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday that Russian Federation tried to meddle in the US midterm elections last month - just as it did in the 2016 vote that brought President Donald Trump to power.

Speaking of a 2003 agreement governing the Kerch Strait between the Azov Sea and Black Sea, Mattis said Moscow had shown "brazen contempt and dismissal" for the deal "that allowed both Russian and Ukrainian ships free passage".

That comment reiterated those he made several days prior that Russia's attack upon and seizure of three Ukrainian ships violated worldwide law.

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.

He also praised Trump's decision to increase USA troop levels in Afghanistan last year, and said that "for the first time in 17 years, the United Nations believes we have hope for peace".

Russian Federation continues to violate global agreements to which the United States cannot trust the leadership of this country.

"We will re-energize our arms control efforts, but the onus is on Russian Federation", he said.

"Mr. Putin clearly comes tight". In this December 1, the White house spokesman Sarah Sanders said that trump during an official dinner at the G20 summit still had an informal conversation with Putin. 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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