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    US-Russian Military Should Communicate ‘In Worst of Times’

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    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford said that the US and Russia "absolutely should be communicating, if nothing else to reduce the risk of miscalculation."

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States and Russia should continue military talks, despite the challenging political relationship, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford said on Tuesday.

    "I believe we should maintain military to military communication adn relationships in the worst of times. We did it throughout the Cold War, we should do it now," Gen. Dunford said in a speech at the Center for Strategic International Studies.

    Dunford noted that he has spoken with his Russian counterpart, Russian Chief of the General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov "three times" and described it as a "professional dialogue."

    The US and Russia "absolutely should be communicating, if nothing else to reduce the risk of miscalculation," Dunford emphasized.

    The United States unilaterally cut off military all but the highest level diplomatic and military contacts with Russia in 2014, following western accusations that Russia had interfered in the internal affairs of Ukraine. Moscow has repeatedly denied the accusations and called for reopening military to military contacts in particular.

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