Results of conversation between Austin and Shoigu: there is contact, no progress
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The US Department of Defense building (Pentagon, file photo) The results of the conversation between Austin and Shoigu: there is contact, no progress
The Pentagon believes that the only positive outcome of the telephone conversation between the defense ministers of the United States and the Russian Federation is that the two countries manage to maintain contact amid the war in Ukraine.
While US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin believes his phone call with Russian Secretary of Defense Sergei Shoigu was important in keeping communication channels open, it did not help resolve thorny questions about developments. future of the war in Ukraine. This was reported to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity by a senior US Department of Defense official.
The Pentagon considers progress the very fact that representatives of the Russian military command generally agreed to a telephone conversation that lasted about an hour, after that during the entire period since the start of the invasion of Ukraine, the Russian side refused direct contacts between the defense ministers of the two powers.
, today, by representatives of the governments of the United States and the Russian Federation. The last time the defense chiefs spoke to each other directly was on February 18, before the invasion began.
“Austin called for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and stressed the importance of maintaining lines of communication,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
The message from the Russian Defense Ministry indicates that the conversation took place on the initiative of the American side. “Current issues of international security were discussed, including the situation” in Ukraine, the Russian ministry briefly indicated.
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