DEBKAfile was founded by a team of journalists in June 2000 as an independent Internet Web site, providing an intelligence and security news service. February 16, 2017, 11:28 AM (IDT)
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu asserted Thursday that any attempt by Washington to boost ties with Moscow from a position of strength would be “fruitless” although his ministry is interested in renewing its cooperation with the US Department of Defense. He was responding to a comment by American Secretary of Defense James Mattis that Washington is “open to opportunities to restore a cooperative relationship with Moscow while….ensuring our diplomats negotiate from a position of strength.” Shoigu said he expects that the issue will be resolved at a meeting on Thursday in Azerbaijan's capital Baku between Valery Makarov, chief of staff of the Russian military, and his American counterpart Joseph Dunford.
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