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Sec Of Def Austin Speaks To Russian Counterpart In Phone Call

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US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin III has spoken to his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu via telephone according to the Pentagon.

  • Full readout is as follows: "On May 13, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu for the first time since February 18. Secretary Austin urged an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and emphasized the importance of maintaining lines of communication."
  • US-Russia communication has been conspicuous by its absence since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with this call being the most high-level interaction between gov't officials on both sides since early February.
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US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin III has spoken to his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu via telephone according to the Pentagon.

  • Full readout is as follows: "On May 13, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu for the first time since February 18. Secretary Austin urged an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and emphasized the importance of maintaining lines of communication."
  • US-Russia communication has been conspicuous by its absence since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with this call being the most high-level interaction between gov't officials on both sides since early February.