Putin spokesman calls on Trump to press NATO to withdraw from border

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A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin is suggesting President-elect Donald Trump begin rebuilding the U.S.-Kremlin relationship by urging NATO to withdraw forces from the Russian border.
{mosads}Dmitry Peskov told the Associated Press that such a move  “would lead to a kind of detente in Europe.”
Trump praised Putin repeatedly during his campaign and suggested the U.S. abandon its commitment to the NATO alliance.
NATO forces have recently increased their presence in Eastern Europe to counter Russian’s increased presence in the region.
Peskov said in the interview that the NATO presence does not make Russia feel “safe.”
“Of course, we have to take measures to counter,” he said.
In a separate interview with the Associated Press on Thursday, Peskov insisted that Crimea, the region of Ukraine annexed by the Kremlin in 2014, is part of Russia.
“No one in Russia — never — will be ready to start any kind of discussion about Crimea,” he said, refusing to call it “annexation.”
Putin has expressed optimism about a Trump presidency in the days since the billionaire defeated Hillary Clinton. 
When asked how Trump could approach the Crimea issue, Peskov said it would take time.
“We understand that it will take time for our partners in Europe, for our partners here in the United States to understand that. We are patient enough to wait until this understanding occurs here in Washington, in the States, in Europe,” he said.
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