Defense Secretary James Mattis on Thursday said there is “very little doubt” that Russia attempted to mettle in democratic elections in the past.
“There is very little doubt that they have either interfered or attempted to interfere in a number of elections in democracies,” Mattis said while taking questions at NATO Headquarters in Brussels.
Mattis added that he did not feel any need to respond to Russian officials who were unhappy he said they must be dealt with from a position of strenghth.
“I have no need to respond to the Russian statement at all. NATO has always stood for military strength and protection of democracies and the freedoms we intend to pass on to our children,” he said.
Mattis said that Russia needs to “live by international law” and “prove itself” in regards to international commitments.