: Voice of America: Moscow cools anti-Western rhetoric at Security Conference

14:04 Apr. 30, 2016

Voice of America: Moscow cools anti-Western rhetoric at Security Conference

Army General Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff during the  the 5th Moscow Conference on International Security. (Getty Images)

Kremlin may be softening its tone toward the West

Tensions between Russia and the United States have escalated over the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, but there were signs at an international security conference in Moscow this month that the Kremlin may be softening its tone toward the West.

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The fifth annual Moscow Conference on International Security, hosted by Russia's Defense Ministry April 27-28, included top military officials from more than 80 countries, as well as influential Russians seen as barometers of the Kremlin's attitude.  

For example, the secretary of the Kremlin's Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, who previously headed the Federal Security Service, Russia's main security agency, has frequently given speeches at various forums condemning what he describes as the United States' "hostile" policy toward Russia.

At the Moscow conference, however, he conveyed greetings from President Vladimir Putin that included uncharacteristically benevolent words about the U.S.

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"Cooperation between Russia and the U.S. on Syria is a clear example of the fact that such cooperation is not only possible, but effective," Patrushev said.

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