Pentagon Ready to Work With Russia in Areas of Common Interest

The United States is ready to cooperate with Russia in areas where interests of the two countries intersect, US Department of Defense spokesperson Peter Cook said in a briefing on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Kremlin's press service said on Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a telegram to President Barack Obama on the US Independence Day, and noted that positive experience of bilateral relations would contribute to the restoration of constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington.

"There are areas where US and Russian interests align, and we can work with Russia potentially in those areas," Cook stated when asked about the message to Obama.

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The Defense Department spokesperson noted, however, that some Russian activities, including close operations near US vessels, cause concern and the United States raises the issues with Moscow.

In June, Russia’s Defense Ministry said that the US guided missile destroyer Gravely violated international and bilateral agreements by approaching dangerously close the Russian frigate Yaroslav Mudry in the Mediterranean Sea.

The United States has claimed, however, that the Russian frigate operated in an "unsafe” manner.

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