MUNICH (Sputnik) — A stable relationship between the sides is important for fighting international terrorism, she asserted.
"We are interested in establishing reliable relations with Russia again," von der Leyen said, speaking at the Munich Security Conference.
Also on Friday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the bloc is strongly in favor of dialogue with Russia from the predictable position.
Since then, the Alliance has increased its military presence in Eastern Europe, using Russia's alleged aggression as a pretext. Moscow has repeatedly criticized NATO for deploying military facilities and troops near Russian borders.
Moscow has repeatedly voiced its protests against the NATO military buildup saying that will undermine regional stability and result in a new arms race.