U.S. Defense Chief Accuses Putin Of 'Duplicitous' Action On Missile Treaty

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"He is not recognizing that what he is doing is actually creating the animosity against his people", Mattis said.

"But we do not accept predatory economic practices or coercion of smaller states", Mattis said.

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.

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.

"Ligue Europa - OM - Rudi Garcia : " La note est lourde
Finalistes de la précédente Europa League, les joueurs de Rudi Garcia sont totalement passés à côté de leur sujet cette saison. "On avait une équipe avec 7-8 titulaires en moins, mais si en plus on défend mal et on se met des buts contre notre camp".

"What we witnessed this weekend is yet another reckless Russian escalation" of what began with Russia's seizure of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and its ongoing support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, said outgoing U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley in response to the actions.

Defense Secretary James Mattis said Saturday that Russian Federation attempted to interfere in the United States midterm elections last month. Trump abruptly canceled a planned meeting with Putin at the summit just two days before they were scheduled to sit down.

On Saturday, Putin said he hopes a meeting with Trump will take place "when the USA is ready". "He's not acting in the best interests of the Russian people, and he is actually causing NATO to rearm" - an allusion to increased defense spending by many European NATO members, as well as the conduct of bigger allied military exercises and billions of dollars in additional USA spending on military training and operations in Europe.

With such a harsh statement against Putin were made by the Pentagon chief James Mattis for the security forum in California, according to ONLINE.UA with reference to AFP. Moscow denies any violation.