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German diplomat: the President of the Russian Federation and the United States should contribute to defusing tensions

BERLIN, January 14. /Offset. TASS Vyacheslav Filippov/. The German diplomat, head of the Munich security conference, Wolfgang Ischinger said that Russia and the United States can contribute to defusing tensions between the West and Moscow to resume the dialogue on arms control. He stated in the published on Saturday an interview with the newspaper Die Welt.

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“I think it would be desirable for both the President (by Vladimir Putin and Donald trump) was found and contributed to defusing the tension,” – said Ischinger. “From the point of view of the interests of Europe, it is important that the case finally came before the resumption of serious us – Russia dialogue on reducing military risks and arms control, he said. – Such agreements are necessary, but not at the expense of third countries – the Baltic States, Ukraine and Poland .”

Ischinger believes that trump could agree on non-entry of Ukraine into NATO, and in response to provide Ukraine with security guarantees. “We must abandon the goal of membership (of Ukraine) into NATO, in any case, in the medium term,” he said.

In his opinion, “the most important thing again to restore the trust between the military – between NATO and Russia.” “We need direct contacts. I insist on creating on the neutral territory of a single center for management of crisis situations,” – said Ischinger.

At the same time, it is considered unlikely the development of the situation in such a way that the US will recognize Crimea as Russian territory. “No, I can’t imagine,” said the diplomat. Ischinger also said that U.S. cooperation with Russia on Syria will be difficult.

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