For the first time since the beginning of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, the head of the Pentagon held talks with Shoigu. News of the day in the world and Russia today

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu spoke personally with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin for the first time since February 24, when Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine.

Against the backdrop of hostilities in Ukraine, US and Russian officials have virtually no contact with each other.

At the same time, the Pentagon maintains a special straight line, which should protect the parties from an accidental escalation of the conflict.

The Russian Defense Ministry gave a brief news about the telephone conversation between Shoigu and Austin.

Topical issues of international security, including the situation in Ukraine, were discussed. The conversation took place at the initiative of the American side,”

the Russian department said.

The Pentagon also limited itself to a few lines.

On May 13, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu for the first time since February 18. Austin called for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and stressed the importance of maintaining lines of communication.”

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said.

The conversation between Shoigu and Austin lasted about an hour, the tone of the talks was “professional”, a source told Reuters. But, according to him, this conversation did not resolve any specific issues and will not change Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, the Pentagon has repeatedly tried to contact the Russian side, but to no avail. Kirby first spoke about it a month later, on March 24th.

During the last month [министр обороны США] Austin and chairman [Объединенного комитета начальников штабов генерал Марк] Milli has sought and continues to seek telephone conversations with their Russian counterparts. Minister Shoigu and General [начальник Генштаба России Валерий] Gerasimov has so far been denied contact. We continue to believe that the interaction between the heads of the defense departments of the United States and Russia is now critically important, ”-

provided by the Pentagon.

In early April, the US Secretary of Defense personally stated at a Senate hearing that he was disappointed with the reaction of the Russian Defense Ministry. According to him, the Pentagon “since mid-February” has been regularly trying to “contact with colleagues in Russia” and “often” turned to Shoigu and Gerasimov, but “the Russians did not respond.”

Of course, I am disappointed, but judging by what they have done, nothing surprises me. But this does not mean that we will stop contacting them. I think we should be able to talk to the management,”

Austin promised.

The Pentagon also opened a direct line of communication with Russian counterparts in early March to avoid “miscalculations, military incidents and escalation of tensions.”

The Pentagon called the line a “tactical mechanism.”

A Pentagon spokesman clarified that its use is limited, you can’t “just call and grumble for any reason.”

Also, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan phoned Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Russian Security Council, on March 16.

The Security Council of Russia reported that the conversation took place at the initiative of the American side.

During it, Sullivan said that the United States would firmly oppose Russia’s “unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine.”

Sullivan told General Patrushev that if Russia was serious about diplomacy, then Moscow should stop attacking Ukrainian cities and towns. Sullivan also warned General Patrushev about the consequences of any possible decision by Russia to use chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine.”

delivered by the White House.

The representative of the Security Council apparatus Yevgeny Anoshin, in turn, said that Washington was informed of “Russia’s position on the inadmissibility of attempts to delay the negotiation process, undertaken by Kyiv on instructions from outside.”

Patrushev called on the American side to exert influence on Kyiv in order to achieve speedy progress in resolving the crisis through diplomacy,” he said.

reported in the Security Council.

In addition, Patrushev said that the United States should stop supporting “neo-Nazis and terrorists in Ukraine” and help to transfer “foreign mercenaries.” Also, Washington should refuse to supply weapons to Ukraine.

These steps, the secretary of the Russian Security Council said, only lead to further escalation.

The US Foreign Office also summoned US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan in March after US President Joe Biden once again called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “war criminal”.

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