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The u.s. army commander says US committed to NATO, Europe

BERLIN – The outgoing U.S. Army forces in Europe commander says that America’s continued commitment to European security in the face of the Russian aggression in Washington interest.

Lt.-Gen. Ben Hodges said Friday in Wiesbaden that the united states wants Russia “to be part of the international democratic community,” according to remarks prepared.

But, he says Russia “must adhere to the agreements and international legislation and standards, and respect for the sovereignty of the European countries.” He stressed the importance of NATO and the Eastern European deterrence missions.

Hodges, says America’s commitment to NATO “remains unwavering and as solid as it always has been,” and that “the stability and security in Europe have a direct impact on the stability, security and prosperity in the United States.”

Hodges’ deputy, Maj. Gen. Timothy McGuire, acting commander until a permanent replacement is confirmed.

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