United States Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on Thursday ruled out any military collaboration between the US and Russia, saying that the conditions just aren’t correct “right now.”
“We are not in a position right now to collaborate on a military level. But our political leaders will engage and try to find common ground,” Mattis said during a news conference at the NATO headquarters in Brussels.
Before military cooperation takes place, Russia must “prove itself” able to comply with international law, Mattis said.
Mattis’ comments come after Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow is “ready to restore cooperation with the Pentagon.”
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