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US ready to cooperate with Russia while supporting allies in Europe as well - Pentagon

December 02, 2015, 7:20 UTC+3 WASHINGTON
"We will not go back to the old Cold War playbook of having hundreds of thousands of forces in Europe", US Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy said
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WASHINGTON, December 2. /TASS/. The United States is ready to cooperate with Russia, including on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) but Washington will continue help its NATO allies as well, US Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Brian McKeon said on Tuesday at the Joint Subcommittee Hearing in the Congress.

"In sum, we will take the necessary steps to build US and NATO capabilities, posture and plans to deter Russia’s destabilizing influence," McKeon said adding that US is "keeping the door open for cooperation when and if Russian is willing."

"We will not go back to the old Cold War playbook of having hundreds of thousands of forces in Europe. We are also mindful that we do not need to, nor should we, return to a world where we match every Russian action with a direct and mirror imaged reaction," he added.

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