Mat­tis: Putin’s ac­tions on mis­sile pact ‘du­plic­i­tous’

Lexington Herald-Leader (Sunday) - - News - — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

De­fense Sec­re­tary Jim Mat­tis on Sat­ur­day took aim at Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin, ac­cus­ing him of try­ing to “muck around” in the U.S. midterm elec­tions, of du­plic­ity in arms con­trol and of act­ing ir­re­spon­si­bly in last week­end’s naval con­fronta­tion with Ukraine.

In re­marks at the Rea­gan Na­tional De­fense Fo­rum in Simi Val­ley, Cal­i­for­nia, Mat­tis said the U.S.-Rus­sian re­la­tion­ship has de­te­ri­o­rated over the last two years.

“We are deal­ing with some­one that we sim­ply can­not trust,” he said. “There is no doubt the re­la­tion­ship has wors­ened.”

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