Defense Secretary James Mattis says he Doesn’t Foresee Any Teaming Up Between U.S. and Russian Militaries

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg brief the media during a NATO defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels on Feb.15, 2017. (Francois Lenoir / Reuters)
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg brief the media during a NATO defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels on Feb.15, 2017. (Francois Lenoir / Reuters)

U.S. President Donald Trump’s defense secretary on Thursday said he did not see the conditions for military collaboration with Russia, in a blow to Moscow’s hopes for repairing ties with the United States following Trump’s election.

“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 told reporters after talks at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart)

SOURCE: Reuters