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Mattis Condemns Russia's ‘Brazen’ Aggression Against Ukraine

05 December 2018

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Saturday said Russian Federation attempted to hack the US midterm elections in November, and does not appear to be backing down its aggression in the Kerch Strait against Ukraine. He is not recognizing that what he is doing is actually creating an animosity against his people, "said Mattis".

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.

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", the Pentagon chief said. -Russian relationship has deteriorated over the last two years.

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Russia "brazenly violated" a 2003 agreement allowing Ukrainian ships free passage in the the strategic Kerch Strait when Russian forces fired on Ukrainian warships injuring servicemen and capturing three vessels with their crews Sunday, Mattis said in remarks prepared for the Reagan National Defense Forum. He added more generally, "It's his efforts to try to subvert democratic processes that must be defended".

Mattis said, in the Indo-Pacific region, we keep our decades-old alliances strong by building new partnerships.

"Mr. Putin clearly comes tight".

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On Saturday, Putin said he hopes a meeting with Trump will take place "when the United States is ready".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders on Saturday confirmed Trump's encounter with Putin in Argentina in a statement, saying, "As is typical at multilateral events, President Trump and the first lady had a number of informal conversations with world leaders at the dinner last night, including President Putin". Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called the canceled Trump-Putin meeting a missed opportunity, saying it didn't "help settling a number of important global problems".

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Mattis Condemns Russia's ‘Brazen’ Aggression Against Ukraine