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In collapse of US-Russian military ties, some see nuke risk

FILE - In this May 9, 2016 file photo, Russian soldiers march during the Victory Day military parade marking 71 years after the victory in WWII in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. It’s not quite Cold War II, but the collapse of U.S. military relations with Russia could prove to be one of the most consequential aspects of President Barack Obama’s national security legacy while presenting an early test of Donald Trump’s hope for friendly ties to Moscow.  (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

FILE - In this May 9, 2016 file photo, Russian soldiers march during the Victory Day military parade marking 71 years after the victory in WWII in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. It’s not quite Cold War II, but the collapse of U.S. military relations with Russia could prove to be one of the most consequential aspects of President Barack Obama’s national security legacy while presenting an early test of Donald Trump’s hope for friendly ties to Moscow. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)  (The Associated Press)

The collapse of U.S. military relations with Russia could prove to be one of the most consequential aspects of President Barack Obama's national security legacy. It will also be an early test of Donald Trump's hope for friendly ties to Moscow.

There is concern that a near-complete absence of military-to-military communication could enable a miscalculation or escalation leading to a nuclear confrontation. The United States and Russia possess 90 percent of the world's nuclear weapons. Some are continuously on high alert.

The Pentagon and the Kremlin have been largely silent on topics like nuclear risk reduction. The Pentagon cut off most military-to-military contacts with Moscow in 2014 after Russia's annexation of Crimea and its incursions into eastern Ukraine. The Russians ended longstanding cooperation with the U.S. on nuclear security.