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    James G. Stavridis

    Stavridis: US-Russian Cooperation Possible on Syria, Strategic Arms Control

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    Disputes between the United States and Russia are significant but opportunities exist for cooperation on pressing global issues such as Syria and arms control, says NATO ex-commander James Stavridis.

    WASHINGTON  (Sputnik) — Disputes between the United States and Russia are significant but opportunities exist for cooperation on pressing global issues such as Syria and arms control, US Naval Institute Board Chairman and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander James Stavridis told Sputnik.

    "The disputes between Russia and the United States are significant, but we are not back in the Cold War and I assess the possibility of actual conflict between the US and Russia as very low," Stavridis, a retired US Navy admiral, said. "There are potential zones of cooperation: Afghanistan, counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics, piracy, the Arctic and other areas that might include, over time, both Syria and strategic arms control."

    Although the United States and Russia negotiated a ceasefire agreement and developed a framework for standing up a Joint US-Russian Operations Center to coordinate airstrikes in Syria, Stavridis noted, concerns remain.

    "We disagree on support for [Syrian] President [Bashar] Assad, who is a significant violator of international law and most importantly on the annexation of Crimea and the presence of Russian military troops in Ukraine," Stavridis said. "Competing cyber activities also create tension and overall it is a mixed picture, but there will be both cooperation and confrontation ahead.”

    Russia has been conducting antiterrorism operations in Syria at the request of the legitimate government in Damascus. Russian officials have also said it is up to the people of Syria to determine who should govern their country.

    Moscow has repeatedly rejected allegations that Russia has interfered in Ukraine affairs. Crimea reunified with Russia after over 96 percent of the local population supported the move in a 2014 referendum following the coup in Kiev that toppled former President Viktor Yanukovich.

    Stavridis is the Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He was the only US Navy officer to command the US Southern Command, US European Command and NATO.


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      Hey another American clown exspousing the laughable US line about the evil Russia. If you notice according to this four star moron all the problems of the world are Russia's fault while the exceptional United States is just defending freedom and democracy from the tyrant Putin. Then this idiot goes on to point out that there are areas the two countries can cooperate on. Only a moron would first vomit up lies and propaganda that vilifies Russia and then asks Russian cooperation!
      This should give everyone an idea of the mind set or lack there of, of the United States elites mentality. This guy should be in charge of the toilets not NATO.
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      hopscotch64 ......that is first class work your summation hit the bulls eye I thought exactly what you wrote except I was struggling to put it together.

      I would also add the emphasis on arms control is being pushed by western and European leaders frequently now. I believe for two reasons one to fool people they mean nuclear which they don't, and secondly suddenly that Russia has forged ahead with its modernisation of its forces they have gone from the rhetoric of accusing Russia's forces of being 'rusty old relics' to demanding the curbing of there arms advantage by imposed restrictions.

      All in the same breath as imposing further sanctions to restrict there economic recovery.

      Its like beating someone with a stick then asking them a favour and writing about it as if its normal acceptable behaviour and that the other person should be judged for being aggressive and unreliable.
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