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Dick Cheney: Putin Interfering in Election ‘Could Be Considered an Act of War’

Former Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney had strong words about Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election at The Economic Times‘ Global Business Summit on Monday. As part of a larger section about Vladimir Putin, Cheney said that “There’s no question that there was a very serious effort made by Mr. Putin and his government, his organization, to interfere in major ways with our basic fundamental democratic processes.” He even added that “in some quarters that could be considered an act of war” so he “would not underestimate the weight that we as Americans assign to Russian attempts to interfere with our process.”

The statement contrasts that of the current Republican administration, the first since the one he helped engineer, which has taken the opposite stance: That there’s no proof that Russia was behind the email hacks that were used to try to sway the 2016 presidential election.

Cheney had earlier cited Putin as one of a “rising number of threats” that could “even pose a threat to the globalization movements” being discussed at the conference. “I think he has designs on the Baltics,” he noted. “We know he wanted Crimea, he took it.”

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