Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis is set to confront Russia after it was revealed that they have been selling weapons to the Taliban in Afghanistan.
According to “The Daily Caller,” Mattis will take part in a news conference with Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, who would “not refute” claims that Russia has been selling weapons to the Taliban.
“We’ll engage with Russia diplomatically,” said Mattis, according to The Associated Press. “We’ll do so where we can, but we’re going to have to confront Russia where what they’re doing is contrary to international law or denying the sovereignty of other countries.”
“For example, any weapons being funneled here from a foreign country would be a violation of international law,” he continued.
Russia denied claims that it was supplying the Taliban with weapons, going as far to say that it was trying to achieve peace between the Taliban and the Afghani government.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov criticized Mattis, calling him “unprofessional.”
“These are unprofessional declarations based on nothing,” Lavrov told state-run Russian media outlet TASS. “No matter what negativity might be hurled at Russia now, not a single piece of evidence to these assertions has been offered.”
However, unlike former President Barack Obama, President Donald Trump is committed to protecting American interests and he will not back down to the Russians.