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Mattis: Russia tried to interfere in 2018 midterms

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He added more generally, "It's his efforts to try to subvert democratic processes that must be defended". Mattis said those actions underscored why the worldwide community was increasingly distrustful of Moscow.

Mattis said that Russia's aggression against Ukraine at sea, when the Russians opened fire on Ukrainian ships and captured their crew, highlights the reason why the worldwide community is more and more suspicious of Moscow. He stressed that Russian Federation tried to interfere in mid-term elections in the United States last month - the same as it did in 2016, but the American authorities will take all necessary to continue to reliably protect our democracy.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Saturday revealed that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin attempted to meddle in America's 2018 midterm elections.

Ahead of the November 6 midterm congressional elections, USA intelligence and law enforcement officials accused Russian Federation of trying to influence the vote.

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". And labeled him a "slow learner". He is not recognizing that what he is doing is actually creating an animosity against his people, "said Mattis". 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.

"It is regrettable that we can't succeed in holding a full-scale meeting, which is long due", Putin said, adding that issues of strategic stability would be of paramount importance. Trump abruptly canceled a planned meeting with Putin at the summit just two days before they were scheduled to sit down.

"Mr. Putin clearly comes tight".

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