The Trump administration has scheduled talks to be held later this month between the head of U.S. forces in Europe and a top Russian military commander—the first such meetings to take place since they were banned under former President Barack Obama in 2013. The upcoming meeting, between Army General Curtis Scaparrotti—who acts as both U.S. European commander and Supreme Allied Commander Europe for Western military alliance NATO—and General of the Army Valery Gerasimov, who serves as chief of the Russian armed forces’ general staff and deputy defense minister, and other top officials, reportedly may take place about a year after Trump entered office and promised better relations between the world’s two leading military powers. The Republican leader’s pledge was overshadowed by accusations that his campaign colluded with Moscow to secure the 2016 election, but the latest bilateral effort could signal an oft-delayed reset in relations between the U.S. and Russia. Related: Russian Military Celebrates ‘Victory’ Over U.S. and West in Syria “This is all part of the normal course of diplomacy, and it should come as no surprise to anyone that there are many issues that we need to discuss with the Russians,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told BuzzFeed… Read full this story
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