Russian and US general staff chiefs held meeting

MOSCOW (TASS): Rus-sian Armed Forces’ Chief of the General Staff, First Deputy Defense Minister Valery Gerasimov and Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Mark Milley discussed some issues of mutual interest, in particular, mitigating the risk of incidents during military activities at a meeting in Finland, the Russian Defense Ministry stated on Wednesday.
“During the meeting, the top brass addressed issues of mutual interest, including reducing the risk of incidents during military activities.
The meeting was constructive,” the ministry noted.
According to the defense ministry, the meeting took place today at the Finnish government’s Koningstedt residence in Vienna.
Milley declined to provide details of the meeting to reporters traveling with him to Helsinki. In a statement Wednesday, Col. Dave Butler, Milley’s spokesman, said the meeting was a “continuation of talks aimed at improving military leadership communication between the two nations for the purposes of risk reduction and operational de-confliction.”
Butler said both sides agreed not to disclose details of the talks, which has been the practice in previous meetings and calls.