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Pentagon: NATO will not abandon dialogue with Russia

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) –¬†US Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters that NATO would not abandon dialogue with Russia and try to improve relations with it despite a lack of consensus on a number of issues.

“NATO will not abandon dialogue with Russia and try to improve relations with it,” Mattis told reporters on Wednesday. “NATO has never rejected a dialogue with Russia and will never back down from attempts to improve relations with it.”

“When you see what is going on with the elections in America and some European countries, as well as Russia changing the border in Europe by military force, NATO has to respond,” Mattis said.

“Russia has many points of convergence with NATO from the point of view of its future, but our attempts to use this common exit with Russia are facing enormous difficulties,” he said. “NATO is using deterrence to avoid war.