US defense secretary speaks with Russian counterpart for first time since Russia invaded Ukraine Pentagon chief talks to Russian counterpart for first time since Ukraine war began Pentagon chief urges ‘immediate’ Ukraine ceasefire in call with Russian counterpart
The official described the tone of the call as “professional.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke with Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu on Friday after months of radio silence between the two countries’ military leaders, which the Pentagon has sought to end.
The call lasted approximately an hour and was at the request of Austin, who used the first call between the two in 84 days to urge Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to implement an “immediate ceasefire,” according to a brief readout of the call. The two last spoke on February 18, a week before Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine.
The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed the call, saying the two sides discussed current international security issues, “including the situation in Ukraine.
It ends an extended period in which Russia’s top military leaders repeatedly refused to speak with their American counterparts. the senior defense official said.