US President-elect Donald Trump could “persuade NATO to slow down its expansion or withdraw its forces from Russia’s borders,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with the Associated Press (AP) on Nov. 11.

 

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This step “would lead to a kind of detente in Europe,” Peskov said. But unfortunately, he said, Russia now sees “NATO’s muscles … getting bigger and bigger and closer and closer to Russian borders.”

 

At a NATO summit in July, the Western alliance said it is building up positions in Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in response to what it sees as escalating tensions with Russia. The United States is sending 1,000 troops to Poland next year.

 

Trump has praised Putin as a strong leader and suggested that the U.S. could abandon its NATO commitments, which include mutual defense in case of attack.