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    Russia is ready for cooperation on equal terms with the United States, the European Union, and NATO, Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev said Tuesday.

    ST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) — Relations between Moscow and the West have deteriorated due to the Ukrainian crisis. Since 2014, NATO has been increasing its military presence in Eastern European countries that border Russia, accusing it of meddling in Kiev's internal affairs.

    Russia has repeatedly denied the allegations and has expressed concern over NATO's reinforcement along the country's western border, saying the "provocative" move could undermine regional and international stability.

    "In the current situation, the country's leadership tries to carry out balanced foreign and domestic policies. In relations with the United States, the European Union, and NATO, we are ready for equal partnerships in all aspects of political and economic interests and problems," Patrushev said during a lecture at a St. Petersburg university.

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