US, Rus­sia mil­i­tary chiefs meet

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FEATURES/APPRECIATION -

MOSCOW AFP F E B16, 2017- The top mil­i­tary com­man­ders from the US and Rus­sia on Thurs­day held their first meet­ing since Don­ald Trump be­came pres­i­dent, as Moscow warned Wash­ing­ton against try­ing any strong-arm tac­tics.

Chair­man of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Joe Dun­ford held talks with his Rus­sian coun­ter­part Valery Gerasi­mov in Azer­bai­jan’s cap­i­tal Baku, as both sides have mooted po­ten­tial co­op­er­a­tion against Is­lamic State ji­hadists.

Rus­sia’s de­fence min­istry said in a state­ment that the two gen­er­als “ex­changed opin­ions re­gard­ing the con­di­tion of Rus­sian-amer­i­can re­la­tions” and on the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion around the globe. Re­la­tions be­tween Rus­sia and the US have slumped to their low­est point since the Cold War over Moscow’s med­dling in Ukraine, and mil­i­tary ties are lim­ited to a sys­tem aimed at avoid­ing clashes in the air over Syria.

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