US, Russia military chiefs meet
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.