STUTTGART, Germany, March 26 (UPI) -- The top NATO and U.S. European Command commander Tuesday called for more NATO-Russian cooperation, saying any stumbling blocks must be addressed.

In a blog posted on the U.S. Defense Department website Tuesday, U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, based in Stuttgart, Germany, said payoffs have been noted since the military alliance's 2010 meeting in Portugal when it and Russia agreed to pursue "a true strategic partnership."