'Putin Is Attempting To Break NATO Alliance' Says US Defence Secretary James Mattis

| June 16 , 2018 , 18:41 IST

The Defence Secretary of United States, James Mattis slammed Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Friday, accusing him of attacking the western democracy and trying to break up the NATO alliance.

While delivering a speech at US Naval War College’s graduation ceremony in Rhode Island, Mattis said, “For the first time since World War II, Russia has been the nation that has redrawn international borders by force of arms in Georgia and Ukraine, while pursuing veto authority over their neighbors' diplomatic, economic and security decisions."

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He added that Putin seeks to shatter NATO. He aims to diminish the appeal of the western democratic model and attempts to undermine America's moral authority.

On Friday, the United States President Donald Trump in a statement to the media said that Russia should be reinstated to the group of industrialized nations i.e. G7.

In the statement, Trump said, “A few years ago, Putin was in what was called the G8. I think it's better to have Russia in than to have Russia out, because just like North Korea, just like somebody else, it's much better if we get along with them than if we don't. So it's possible."

Russia was thrown out of the Group of 8 (G8) after the annexation of Crimea and the crisis thereafter turning the G8 alliance to G7.