The U.S. will not be prepared to defend against possible Russian meddling in the 2018 midterm elections or the 2020 presidential contest unless it takes action now, according to a new report detailing the extent to which Moscow has tried to shape elections across Europe.
The report details Russia’s arsenal of military invasions, disinformation campaigns and corruption, and its weaponization of energy resources, among other tools, and it demonstrates how Moscow’s attacks have intensified in scale and complexity, hitting Britain, Germany and France, as well as Ukraine and smaller countries.
The report, released Wednesday by Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the senior Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, draws from European experience to outline ways in which Russia’s “malign influence operations” can be deterred.
Titled “Putin’s Asymmetrical Assault on Democracy in Russia and Europe: Implications for U.S. National Security,” it was researched and written by Cardin staff members who interviewed European ambassadors in the US and traveled …