US, Russian Defense Chiefs Hold Hour-Long Call In First Since Ukraine War Began

On Friday Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke with his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoygu for the first time since the invasion of Ukraine which began on Feb.24. The last time the two spoke was less than two weeks prior to the war kicked off, on Feb.18.

A month ago the Pentagon confirmed it sill had a military-to-military hotline with the Russian side, but that there was no contact at senior levels. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby voiced concern in late March: “But at the senior levels, where we think it’s really important particularly right now, that’s not happening. And it’s not happening because the Russians don’t seem to be interested.” 

The Friday call was reportedly initiated by Austin and described as “professional” – lasting for about an hour, with a defense official saying the Pentagon hopes it “will serve as a springboard for

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