Top US general: ‘I think we should have more communication with Russia’

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A top U.S. Army general said in an interview published Sunday that the U.S. “should have more communication with Russia.”

Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the top NATO commander in Europe, told The Associated Press that he believes communication “is a very important part of deterrence.”

{mosads}“So, I think we should have more communication with Russia. It would ensure that we understand each other and why we are doing what we’re doing,” he said.

““It doesn’t have to be a lot,” Scaparrotti added.

The AP noted that relations between Washington and Moscow have cooled, with the Trump administration earlier this year withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia. The treaty, signed in 1987, was an agreement between the nations to curb the development of arms.

Scaparrotti also told the AP that he’s concerned the U.S. doesn’t know Russia as well as it did during the Cold War.

“During the Cold War, we understood each other’s signals. We talked,” he said. “I’m concerned that we don’t know them as well today.”

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