Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke with his Russian counterpart Friday, making the primary time the 2 males have been involved since Moscow launched its invasion of neighboring Ukraine in late February.
Pentagon press spokesman John Kirby mentioned Austin urged a direct stop in Ukraine throughout his hourlong dialogue with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu.
A senior Defense Division official mentioned Mr. Austn sought the chance to talk with Mr. Shoygu.
“He believes it was vital to make that decision,” the Defense Division official advised reporters.
“It wasn’t for lack of making an attempt that we haven’t been in a position to set up communications.”
Pentagon officers declined to launch details about the discussions between the highest navy leaders in Washington and Moscow.
“The Secretary did categorical an curiosity in preserving the traces of communication open,” the senior Defense official mentioned. “The message was obtained with respect to preserving the traces open.”