Chief of the General Staff of Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov arrives for the opening ceremony of the International Army Games 2017 in Alabino, outside Moscow, Russia, July 29, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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The head of Russia's military general staff and NATO's supreme allied commander held a face-to-face meeting Thursday to try to ease the worst East-West tensions since the Cold War. U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti and Valery Gerasimov met in Baku, Azerbaijan, less than a week after the United States, Britain and France staged missile strikes on Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack by the forces of President Bashar Assad – a Russian ally.NATO says it is modernizing to defend itself against an assertive Russia.In early 2017, Czech Gen. Petr Pavel, who heads the NATO's military committee, had his first telephone call in more than two years with Gerasimov, paving the way for them to meet last September in Baku.
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