U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis condemned Russia's recent attack on Ukrainian ships, and criticized China for "predatory economic behavior" during a speech Saturday at a defense forum in California. "What we see, what Putin is doing, not observing worldwide agreements... we are dealing with someone who we just can't trust", - said Mattis, calling Putin a "slow learner" (translated from English. - bad student, tokodai, obtuse). "We will re-energize our arms control efforts, but the onus is on Russia", Mattis said.
Secretary Mattis has said he is focused on finding an end to the war in Afghanistan, but that doesn't involve withdrawing US military forces from the country soon.
"But we do not accept predatory economic practices or coercion of smaller states", Mattis said.
"Mr. Putin is clearly a "slow learner" (an expression, often translated as" slowly thinking, " stupid", - ed.).
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"(Putin) tried again to muck around in our elections this last month. He recognizes that what he does is actually creates hostility against his people.
Trump said in a tweet that he canceled the meeting because of Russia's refusal to release Ukrainian navy ships and sailors seized during a maritime confrontation between the two countries.
"What we are seeing Putin do with his ripping up of worldwide agreements. we're dealing with someone that we simply can not trust", the Pentagon chief added.
After the 2016 presidential election, the US intelligence community unanimously concluded that Russian Federation meddled in the USA political system.