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No U.S.-Russia military collaboration, Mattis tells NATO

By February 17, 2017

Region: North America

Topics: Emerging Threats, National Preparedness


U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis ruled out military collaboration with Russia at a NATO meeting in Brussels on Thursday.


"We are not in a position right now to collaborate on a military level. But our political leaders will engage and try to find common ground or a way forward where Russia, living up to its commitments, will return to a partnership of sorts, here with NATO," Mattis said after a meeting with NATO defense ministers.


Mattis added that it is up to Moscow to "prove itself" in complying with international law. His comments came after Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Russia is "ready to restore cooperation with the Pentagon," and as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held their first face-to-face meeting in Bonn, Germany.


The NATO bloc showed concern in recent months over U.S. President Donald Trump's admiration of Russian President Vladimir Putin, mentioned during Trump's presidential campaign and in his first days in the White House. Trump has expressed interest in reviving cooperation between the two countries; U.S. military collaboration ended in 2014 after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine. Mattis' trip to Brussels is, in part, designed to calm fears of NATO allies worried about the Trump administration's contacts with Russian officials; earlier this week Michael Flynn, U.S. national security adviser, resigned after misrepresenting discussions he had with Russian officials during the presidential campaign.


Putin said Thursday he hoped NATO countries will seek to cooperate with Russia. He told the Russian Federal Security Service, "It's in everyone's interest to resume dialogue between the intelligence agencies of the U.S. and other members of NATO."


Source: UPI.COM


Photo: Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Thursday at a NATO ministers' meeting in Brussels that no military collaboration between Russia and the United States will be considered until Russia proves itself in compliance with international law. File Photo by Olivier Douliery/UPI

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This entry posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017 a28 10:15 AM and is filed under Emerging Threats.