Pentagon Officials Haven’t Contacted Russian Counterparts in ‘Several Weeks’

Top U.S. military leaders have not attempted to reach their Russian counterparts in “several weeks” after their previous efforts were rebuffed.

The United States had repeatedly tried to arrange conversations between Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and his Russian counterpart, Chief of Russian General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov, as well as Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and his counterpart, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, but they have not spoken since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February.

Milley’s spokesperson confirmed to the Washington Examiner on Tuesday that the Joint Chiefs haven’t reached out to set up a call between Milley and Gerasimov in “several weeks.”

“It’s been quite some time — certainly, many weeks — since we’ve attempted another communication with Minister Shoigu,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters Monday. “And there has not been much interest shown by the Russians in having that conversation.”

Milley’s last conversation with Gerasimov took place Feb. 11, and Joint Staff spokesman Col. Dave Butler said at the time, “The military leaders discussed several security-related issues of concern. In accordance with past practice, both have agreed to keep the specific details of their conversation private.” (Read more from “Pentagon Officials Haven’t Contacted Russian Counterparts in ‘Several Weeks'” HERE)

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