US and Russian military leaders agreed not to reveal the details of the interview.
Russian Army Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov and U.S. Chief of Staff Mark Milley on Tuesday spoke about several security issues of concern. The call came at a time when the West feared that Moscow was planning a military invasion of Ukraine, TASS and AFP reported.
The Russians reject these accusations
Military leaders spoke of a number of security issues of concern. The chiefs of staff said that the phone conversation was a continuation of the contacts between the two leaders aimed at ensuring risk reduction and conflict prevention, adding that the two parties agreed not to disclose the details of the conversation.
The Russian Defense Ministry also did not specify in its statement the topics of conversation between these high-ranking military officials.
Western countries began to worry this month about alleged activity of Russian forces near the Ukrainian border. In this regard, allegations that Russia was planning to invade Ukraine began to appear. But Russia rejects all these allegations, according to Agence France-Presse.
Ukraine’s request for military assistance
Therefore, last week Ukraine asked its Western allies for military assistance. Two US patrol boats arrived in the Ukrainian port of Odessa on Tuesday. But Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned the United States that sending military aid to Ukraine would only increase tensions in the region.
Similar tensions erupted this spring, when the United States and NATO accused Russia of moving up to 100,000 soldiers, tanks and fighters to the border with Ukraine. The crisis eased after US President Joe Biden proposed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold a meeting in Geneva in June.
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