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    Russia-NATO Relations Reach a New Low (118)

    The US severing of military-to-military talks with Russia in 2014 was a mistake that heightens the risk of an unintended conflict, former Under Secretary of Energy for Nuclear Security Linton Brooks told Sputnik.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik), Leandra Bernstein — After the reunification of Crimea with Russia, Washington suspended military-to-military talks with Moscow, except at the highest level. NATO followed suit, unilaterally cutting off military and civilian communications with Russia in April 2014.

    "The risk is that each side will take an action which it thinks is showing restraint with resolve, and the other side interprets as showing escalation, and that we will sleepwalk ourselves up into a dangerous position," Brooks said on Friday of the dangers of a direct, unintended US-Russian confrontation.

    Brooks, chief negotiator of the US-Russia Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), noted that cutting military ties was "a big mistake."

    "We need to understand at a professional level what the real red lines are… We need to understand better so that if we are taking risks we're doing it on purpose, not inadvertently," Brooks maintained.

    Military-to-military talks should have been treated as an issue that became "more important because of tension," Brooks said, noting that the US-Russia arms reduction commitments under New START treaty have continued despite the 2014 chill in relations.

    Following the severing of military ties, NATO announced a series of large-scale military exercises and initiated troop and equipment rotations to its eastern front. Russia has strongly opposed the measures, warning that NATO’s increased activities are provocative and pose a threat to regional and global stability.

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    • michael
      so it's a set up for the old strategy of ...I didn't know what was happening elsewhere, I was just here when... Sounds vaguely reminiscent of post GPW Germany. :(
    • cast235
      What they want is that Russia reduce arms to gain BIG landmark for NATO. Now DON'T be DUMB. This is to end the Russian threat. And be ready for war.
      NO to arms reductions of ANY kind. NOT to no refueling of long range aviation.
      THAT'S all they want...

      No sanctions? Don't fall for that either. That's to gain access to Russia's wealth. NO unless Russia gain same in return, and some tech..let the ROT. Learn to be a negotiator..
      Don't see the TRUMP face, when he said, " They will sing the deals and won't even know what they did"..... They strongly believe Russian's are BUFFOON'S trying to run a capitalist democracy or federation.
      AT west they believe that it will be like defeating a 1st grader.
      Truth is that the way Russia been acting.
      But it could change. NO to any investments in Russia. Unless , what will we get? NO to Japan's economic zone. WHY?
      How about equal for Russia? Learn to say ok, but let's see what you bring to the table.

      that's the basics o Business 101. How will you give your business to someone else, and he gives nothing in return. CASH? You can make the cash too.

      The world Russia chose is a world of LIARS, CHEATS, MURDERERS, BACK STABBERS. And they will do ANYTHING to get what they want... ONLY a strong negotiation will help gain same back. Russia allowed those clowns to do what they wanted. they STOLE all.
      Now Russia needs a committee, of same people working on Rus gov that deal with business, including Central bank. The TASK? LOOK for equal deal. Where Russia earn same in their country. Mc Donald's.. COMPETE!!!!! Iran makes their life impossible. LEARN!!!
      Create an analogue brand. They make cash.. LOT'S of cash.. And will learn to compete. Then be globalist. Open branches worldwide.
      I want to fish in Russian waters.. OK I want to fish in your waters... No not on ours.. OK..refuse the permits.
      Use military to train inside Russia. Go thru all Rus lands, to get poachers. They can conceal themselves to get them.
      Use drones to find them too. And seriously FAST speed boats. They can parachute in the areas. They also can help find terrorists, infiltrators, drug smugglers. And so much more.!!!
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