Ukraine struggle: Milley speaks with Russian counterpart for first time since begin of battle

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For the primary time because the struggle in Ukraine started greater than three months in the past, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Employees Gen. Mark Milley spoke on the telephone to his Russian counterparts Thursday. 

Milley spoke with Russia’s Chief of the Normal Employees Valery Gerasimov on “several security-related issues of concern,” Joint Employees spokesperson Col. Dave Butler mentioned in a readout of the decision. 

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley listens during a media briefing at the Pentagon, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, in Washington. 

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley listens throughout a media briefing on the Pentagon, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, in Washington. 
(AP Photograph/Alex Brandon)

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The small print of the decision have been stored quiet, however each army leaders reportedly agreed to maintain the strains of communication open. 

Head of U.S. European Command and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Tod Wolters mentioned he hopes the talks will convey the 2 sides “one step closer to achieving a diplomatic solution.”

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 “I think what we all want the most is for diplomacy to come to the forefront,” he instructed reporters following NATO’s announcement that it has established a brand new militaristic technique within the wake of Russia’s aggression in Europe. 

Milley’s Thursday name comes only one week after Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin held a name with Russian Protection Minister Sergei Shoigu.

Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, addresses the media during a press conference after the meeting of the Ukraine Security Consultative Group at Ramstein Air Base in Ramstein, Germany, Tuesday, April 26, 2022. 

Secretary of Protection, Lloyd Austin, addresses the media throughout a press convention after the assembly of the Ukraine Safety Consultative Group at Ramstein Air Base in Ramstein, Germany, Tuesday, April 26, 2022. 
(AP Photograph/Michael Probst)

Neither U.S. official had spoken with their Russian counterparts because the week earlier than Russia invaded Ukraine.  

A senior U.S. protection official instructed reporters following the decision that it was unclear why Russia was now agreeing to carry talks after months of makes an attempt from Washington. 

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However officers stay hopeful that the strains of communication will stay open as Russia continues to escalate its struggle in Ukraine. 

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