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Kremlin hails US readiness to cooperate with Russia

December 19, 2017, 12:41 UTC+3

The Kremlin comments on the new US national security strategy

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Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov

Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov

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MOSCOW, December 19. /TASS/. Washington’s readiness to cooperate with Russia outlined in the new US national security strategy is the document’s positive aspect, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

"After looking though [the strategy], particularly the parts concerning our country, one can see the imperial nature of this document, as well as unwillingness to abandon the unipolar world idea and accept a multipolar world," he said.

Peskov stressed that Moscow cannot agree with the attitude towards Russia expressed in the document, which designates the country as a threat for the US security.

"But at the same time, [the strategy] has some positive moments, which particularly relate to cooperation with Russia in the fields which correspond with the US interests. It is totally in line with our approach, voiced by the president, because Moscow also seeks cooperation with the United States in areas, which are beneficial for us, depending on how far our US counterparts are ready to go," the Kremlin spokesman said. When speaking about "a perfect example of cooperation," Peskov mentioned the recent exchange of information between the two countries’ special services, which made it possible to thwart terrorist attacks in Russia’s St. Petersburg and "helped save many lives."

According to the Russian presidential spokesman, the new US National Security Strategy is a rather long document, which needs to be thoroughly assessed, "and the relevant agencies will do it." "The wordings [used in the strategy] are rather impressive, they should be analyzed," Peskov concluded.

"As for the new US national security strategy, the document is rather large and needs to be studied thoroughly, which will be done by all relevant agencies in order to think it through," Peskov said.

On Monday, the White House unveiled the new US National Security Strategy, which particularly concerns Russia. The document says that "the combination of Russian ambition and growing military capabilities creates an unstable frontier in Eurasia, where the risk of conflict due to Russian miscalculation is growing." According to the strategy, Washington’s "enhanced missile defense is not intended to undermine strategic stability or disrupt longstanding strategic relationships with Russia or China" since it is "focused on North Korea and Iran." In addition, the document claims that "China and Russia are developing advanced weapons and capabilities that could threaten our critical infrastructure and our command and control architecture."

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