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Head of US Air Force Global Strike Command for mending cooperation with Russia

January 27, 2015, 20:11 UTC+3 WASHINGTON
General Wilson is the curator of two components of the United States’ nuclear triad - intercontinental ballistic missiles and strategic bombers
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Head of the US Air Force Global Strike Command, Lieutenant-General Stephen Wilson

Head of the US Air Force Global Strike Command, Lieutenant-General Stephen Wilson

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WASHINGTON, January 27. /TASS/. Head of the US Air Force Global Strike Command, Lieutenant-General Stephen Wilson, has underscored the importance of bilateral military cooperation between the United States and Russia in the military sphere.

General Wilson is the curator of two components of the United States’ nuclear triad - inter-continental ballistic missiles and strategic bombers.

Interviewed by a group of journalists, including a TASS correspondent, Wilson said that "it's important that we maintain mil-to-mil relationships with countries, Russia and China, specifically, that with mil-to-mil relationships we have common dialogue, understanding, share experiences, we can avoid any type of miscommunication and misunderstanding."

In the meantime, he acknowledged that at the moment Russia and the Pentagon had no such relationship of that quality.

"Those have been lacking as of recent," he remarked.

The reason is last March the United States at its own initiative froze its military ties with Russia over Ukraine.

"Although the Department of Defense finds value in the military-to-military relationship with the Russian Federation we have developed over the past few years to increase transparency, build understanding, and reduce the risk of military miscalculation we have, in light of recent events in Ukraine, put on hold all military-to-military engagements between the United States and Russia," the Pentagon then said in a statement.

Wilson believes that bilateral military relations "are important to have going forward so that at the most senior levels, again, there is no misunderstanding between our countries."

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