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Russian and American generals made contact for the first time amid the war in Ukraine

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley spoke by phone to Russian Army Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov for the first time since the conflict in Ukraine broke out.

The two men “discussed a number of security-related issues, and agreed to keep the lines of communication open,” Milley’s spokesman said. “According to previous practice, the specifics of a conversation between two people would be kept private.”

The Pentagon statement also did not mention any specific issues discussed by the two military generals of Russia and the United States.

Meanwhile, the RIA Novosti news agency, citing a source from the Russian Defense Ministry, said that Milley and Gerasimov discussed issues of “mutual interest”, including Ukraine.

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Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley (left) and Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Army Valery Gerasimov. Photo: US Department of Defense

The call came after US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu last week in which the Pentagon chief called for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine.

The United States and Russia have established a hotline since Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine on February 24, with the aim of preventing miscalculations and any escalation of the conflict.

This “deconfliction” hotline is located inside the headquarters of US Special Operations Command Europe in Stuttgart (Germany), and is supervised by US Air Force General Tod Wolters, who is only command all American forces in Europe.

Speaking in Brussels (Belgium) on May 19, General Wolters said he hoped the phone call between Generals Milley and Gerasimov would be a step closer to a diplomatic solution to the situation in Ukraine.

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