Former US president George W. Bush has said it is “pretty clear” Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.
Calling Russian President Vladimir Putin a “brilliant tactician”, he said it was unclear whether it affected the outcome of the vote that saw Donald Trump sweep to victory.
Speaking to a business conference in Abu Dhabi, Mr Bush said: “But they meddled and that is dangerous for democracy.”
He said Russia had done the same thing during the Cold War and was adept at trying to manipulate opinion in the United States and Europe.
“It’s problematic that a foreign nation is involved in our election,” said the former president.
He added: “Putin is a brilliant tactician who has the capacity to detect weakness and exploit it.
“He’s got a chip on his shoulder. The reason he does is because the demise of the Soviet Union troubles him. Therefore, much of his moves [are] to regain Soviet hegemony.”
The Kremlin has repeatedly denied …