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But independent researchers and social media firms countered this conclusion, saying that Russian Federation has indeed continued its online influence campaigns to sow distrust in American democratic institutions. "He tried again to muck around in our elections this last month", Mattis said.

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

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday that Russian Federation tried to meddle in the US midterm elections last month - just as it did in the 2016 vote that brought President Donald Trump to power.

"There is no doubt the relationship has worsened". Russian Federation has denied meddling.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, right, and U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis shake hands during a meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine, Aug. 24, 2017.

Last week, US Ambassador Nikki Haley to the United Nations accused Russian Federation of "outlaw actions" and an "outrageous violation of sovereign Ukrainian territory" while addressing an emergency meeting of the Security Council.

American politicians, including Donald Trump, voiced concerns prior to November that Russian Federation would try to meddle in the U.S. congressional elections. And labeled him a "slow learner".

"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. "He is not recognizing that what he is doing is actually creating an animosity against his people", Mattis said. In this December 1, the White house spokesman Sarah Sanders said that trump during an official dinner at the G20 summit still had an informal conversation with Putin. Trump tweeted while on his way to Buenos Aires.

"Mr. Putin clearly comes tight". Trump abruptly canceled a planned meeting with Putin at the summit just two days before they were scheduled to sit down.