Mattis: Putin tried to 'muck around' in U.S. midterm elections

Russia's President Vladimir Putin is welcomed by Argentina's President Mauricio Macri back upon his arrival for a bilateral meeting at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires Argentina Saturday Dec. 1 2018

US Defence Sec Calls Putin'Slow Learner, Alleges Recent Election Meddling

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Saturday said Russian Federation attempted to hack the USA midterm elections in November, and does not appear to be backing down its aggression in the Kerch Strait against Ukraine.

The remarks by Mattis at a security forum in California came a day after President Donald Trump held informal talks with Putin on the sidelines of the Group of 20 industrialized nations meeting in Argentina. "He is not recognizing that what he is doing is actually creating an animosity against his people", Mattis said.

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 global community is more and more suspicious of Moscow.

"We'll do whatever is necessary to defend them", Mattis later added.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis branded Russian President Putin as untrustworthy and a "slow learner" over what he called Moscow's repeated attempts to "muck around" in US domestic affairs.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Saturday he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin again tried to meddle in USA elections.

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.

Russia said the Ukrainian ships had breached the Russian border and conducted risky movements in spite of Russia's orders.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders did not elaborate on what was discussed during the conversation, according to USA Today.

Defense Secretary James Mattis said Saturday that Russian Federation attempted to interfere in the U.S. midterm elections last month.

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

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