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Trump Campaign Slams Defense Secretary Ash Carter's Attack on Russia

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By    |   Wednesday, 07 Sep 2016 03:21 PM

Donald Trump's campaign said Wednesday that Defense Secretary Ash Carter's accusation that Russia was sowing seeds of global instability was more evidence of Hillary Clinton's failed "reset" policies as secretary of state.

"Defense Secretary Carter's comments that Russia is undermining the international order are the latest evidence that Hillary Clinton's so-called reset was a massive diplomatic failure," said Trump spokesman Jason Miller. "Earlier this year, the Pentagon put Russia at the top of its list of national security threats, yet Clinton's State Department approved a deal that ultimately put one-fifth of U.S. uranium reserves under Putin's control."

In a speech at Oxford University, Carter questioned whether Moscow genuinely wanted a viable cease-fire in Syria. Russia has long supported Syrian President Bashar Assad. "Unfortunately so far, Russia, with its support for the Assad regime, has made the situation in Syria more dangerous, more prolonged and more violent," Carter said. "That has contributed to what President [Barack] Obama this weekend called the 'gaps of trust' that exist between our two countries."

Carter's comments came as Secretary of State John Kerry prepared to fly to Geneva for more talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Their weekend discussions, on the sidelines of an economic summit in China, failed to produce a nationwide cease-fire in Syria or a U.S.-Russian military cooperation agreement.

Later at a news conference in London, Carter said that Kerry would not be making another try with Lavrov if there were no prospect for success.

But Carter added, "We're a long way from getting there."

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Kerry and Lavrov would talk again on Thursday and Friday. The State Department did not immediately confirm the trip, however.

Russia's joint military operation with Syria has at times targeted the anti-Islamic State rebels backed by the Obama administration.

Miller called Clinton's record on Moscow "a case study in her terrible judgment: if she wasn't busy selling out, she was busy getting rolled."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Donald Trump's campaign said Wednesday that Defense Secretary Ash Carter's accusation that Russia was sowing seeds of global instability was more evidence of Hillary Clinton's failed "reset" policies as secretary of state.
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