Friday, March 31, 2017

U.S. Defence Secretary James Mattis Says Russia Is A 'Strategic Competitor' To The West

The Guardian: Russia is a ‘strategic competitor' to the west, says James Mattis

US defence secretary speaks out against Russia’s interference globally – contrasting sharply with Trump, who has praised Putin.

The US defence secretary, James Mattis, has described Russia as a “strategic competitor” after meeting his UK counterpart Sir Michael Fallon in London, despite Donald Trump’s White House seeking to work with Vladimir Putin.

Mattis spoke about the extent of Russian interference globally, from other people’s elections to engagement with the Taliban in Afghanistan and its development of a new missile.

“Right now Russia is choosing to be a strategic competitor,” he said, accusing Moscow of interfering in other people’s elections, though he did not specifically mention the the 2016 US presidential race.

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