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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ivanov Shrugs Off U.S. Redeployment

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said Tuesday that Moscow sees no grounds for concern in a planned redeployment of U.S. forces that would increase their presence on the territory of former Soviet allies.

Pentagon officials said Monday that the restructuring plan announced by President George W. Bush would close scores of Cold War-era U.S. military bases in Europe while increasing the U.S. presence at bases in countries such as Poland, Romania and Uzbekistan.

"I don't see anything alarming in these plans," Ivanov said.

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld briefed him about the plan at a weekend meeting in St. Petersburg.

Ivanov, on a trip to Yekaterinburg, said Russia, like the United States, is trying to streamline its military and increase its mobility.

Some military officials and diplomats have voiced irritation over the U.S. presence in Moscow's backyard. Russia recently set up an air base in Kyrgyzstan.