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 "Russia is strategic competitor to us in West", - Michael Fallon

Britain's Secretary of State for Defense Michael Fallon said on Sunday that Western nations could not treat Russia as an equal partner and needed to understand that the country was a strategic competitor.

Censor.NET reports citing Reuters.

"I'm ready to work with the new Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis... to de-escalate tensions with Moscow and as I said to continue to work with Russia on how we get towards a settlement in Syria," Michael Fallon told the BBC.

"That can't be treating Russia as an equal. Russia is a strategic competitor to us in the West and we have to understand that," he said.

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