11:39 GMT21 June 2021
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    Russia and NATO have common political interests, Germany’s Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) – Speaking in an interview with the Bild, von der Leyen said that nobody is able to isolate a country for a long time.

    “It is not only the confrontation between the two blocks. In the times of globalization no one is able to isolate one economy for a long period of time. Moreover, there are a lot of common political interests, for example, on Iran’s nuclear program or the fight against the Islamic State militant group.”

    The Ukrainian crisis has become a “bitter lesson” for NATO and Europe, the German minister added.

    Relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated over the Ukraine crisis, as the European Union, the United States and their allies have accused Russia of involvement in the Ukrainian conflict, while Moscow has denied any involvement in the country's crisis, calling it an Ukrainian internal affaire.

    Russia has expressed concern over NATO military presence, including increased military drills, in Eastern Europe.

    In June, the New York Times said the United States was reportedly considering sending up to 1,200 pieces of heavy weaponry to the states bordering Russia. If approved, this would be the first deployment of US military hardware to this part of Europe since the Cold War.


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