“Topical issues of international security, including the situation in Ukraine, were discussed. The conversation took place at the initiative of the American side, ”the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry reports.
At the Pentagon confirmed ministerial talks and noted that Austin “called for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and stressed the importance of maintaining lines of communication.”
The talks between the American and Russian ministers were the first since the beginning of the special operation in Ukraine. Prior to this, Shoigu and Austin talked on February 18. Then the head of the Pentagon called on his Russian colleague to “return the Russian troops that surrounded Ukraine to their places of permanent deployment.”
Since the beginning of the special military operation in Ukraine, the heads of the Russian and US Defense Ministries have made various statements regarding each other. So, April 19 Shoigu informedthat the United States and controlled Western countries are doing everything “to delay the special military operation as much as possible.”
The head of the US defense department, in turn, on May 11 declaredthat the Russian nuclear arsenal poses a serious challenge for the United States, both now and in the future. According to Austin, China, North Korea, Iran and various terrorist groups also pose a threat to US defense.
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