March 15, 2023 18:45 GMT
Joint Chiefs Milley: We Have Video Evidence Of Russian Aggression
Metals bulletEM BulletFixed Income NewsHomepagePolitical RiskCommoditiesPolitical Risk BulletEnergy BulletsBulletMarketsEmerging Markets NewsForeign Exchange NewsPolitical Market News
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, speaking to reporters at the Pentagon following today's Ukrainian Contact Group meeting, has declined to substantially elaborate on a call with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu earlier today as the fallout continues from the downing of a US drone over the Black Sea.
- Austin said he wouldn't "speak for" Shoigu but said it is "important to be able to pick up the phone and engage each other."
- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley said he is not sure if the Russian jet intentionally collided with the US drone.
- Milley, however, said that he knows the "aggressive behaviour was intentional," and the "initial intercept" was intentional, but is "not currently sure" if the collision was intentional.
- On the aggressive behaviour of the Russian jets, Milley said: "We have video evidence of all that."
- Milley declined to comment on whether the incident could be consider an 'act of war:' "I'm not going to go there."
- Milley says there has been a "pattern of behaviour" recently from Russia which has complicated "deconfliction" channels designed to keep Russian and US militaries from coming into contact with each other.