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US, Russian defense chiefs hold first phone conversation since start of Ukraine conflict

Austin (left), the US defense chief, called Moscow.

Austin (left), the US defense chief, called Moscow.
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu spoke on the phone on Friday, the first time the two had spoken since Russia initiated the special military operation in Ukraine.

Austin “urged an early ceasefire in Ukraine and underscored the need of keeping channels of communication,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said in a brief statement following the talk.
Austin and Shoigu last spoke to each other on February 18, according to Kirby.

According to a CNN story quoting a US defense official, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley is scheduled to contact his Russian counterpart, Valery Gerasimov, to request a phone chat.
They last chatted on February 11th.

The Russian Defense Ministry said Shoigu and Austin discussed current international security concerns, particularly the situation in Ukraine, in a brief statement released on Friday.


The post First phone communication between US and Russian defense chiefs since Ukraine conflict began appeared first on The Independent Uganda:.


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