- Economic Times
In a wide-ranging speech at the Economic Times’ Global Business Summit on Monday, former US Vice President Dick Cheney spoke unequivocally about Russia’s meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.
Cheney said there were a “rising number of threats” in the world that, beyond national security, “even pose a threat to the globalization movements you’re here to talk about today.”
Segueing into talking about Russian President Vladimir Putin, Cheney warned of Russia’s aggressive actions.
“I think he has designs on the Baltics. … We know he wanted Crimea – he took it,” said Cheney, who pointed to previous Russian cyber campaigns against Baltic states and Russia’s recent moves to nuclearize its European enclave of Kaliningrad.
On the subject of the 2016 election, Cheney said Russia attacked the US in a possible act of war.
“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,” Cheney said. “In some quarters, that could be considered an act of war.
“I would not underestimate the weight that we as Americans assign to Russian attempts to interfere with our process,” Cheney concluded.