Thursday, February 16, 2017

U.S. Defense Secretary: No Military Cooperation With Russia

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis addresses a news conference during a NATO defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Reuters: Trump's defense chief sees no military collaboration with Russia

collaboration with Russia now, in a blow to Moscow's hopes to mend ties with Washington after Trump's election.

The remarks are perhaps the strongest indication yet from the Trump administration that prospects for any significant cooperation between the U.S. and Russian militaries against Islamic State in Syria is unlikely anytime soon.

They came despite repeated suggestions by Trump during his election campaign of the possibility of joint action against Islamic State militants.

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WNU Editor: The Pentagon Chiefs can say that it in person when they meet their Russian counterparts today .... U.S., Russian military chiefs to meet in Azerbaijan (Politico).

More News On U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis Remarks That There Will Be No Military Cooperation With Russia

Mattis Rules Out Military Collaboration with Russia -- VOA
Trump defense chief Mattis: US not ready for military cooperation with Russia -- CNN
US Defence Secretary James Mattis rejects military collaboration with Russia -- ABC News Online
US will not collaborate with Russian military, says Donald Trump's Defence Secretary Jim Mattis -- The Independent

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