Russian Pacific Fleet warships call at Philippines’ ManilaMilitary & Defense October 20, 8:09
Putin says excessive trust in Europe is Russia’s key mistake in past yearsRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 19, 21:03
Russia determined to contribute to Ukraine's unification — PutinRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 19, 20:14
Situation surrounding North Korea highly dangerous, Putin saysRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 19, 19:59
Putin: Russia ready to move towards universal nuclear disarmamentRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 19, 18:53
Russia to give immediate mirrored response to US withdrawal from INF Treaty — PutinRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 19, 18:49
Europe’s supporting separatism in some states triggered Catalan events — PutinRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 19, 18:43
Putin: US failing to honor commitments for plutonium disposalRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 19, 18:04
US sanctions aimed at forcing Russia out of European energy market — PutinBusiness & Economy October 19, 17:59
WASHINGTON, April 26 /ITAR-TASS/. The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey and chief of Russia’s General Staff General of the Army Valery Gerasimov held a telephone conversation on Friday to confirm there is a need for easing tensions over Ukraine, the US Department of Defense said. Also, according to the Pentagon, Dempsey and Gerasimov agreed that mistakes should be avoided and contacts maintained.
As the Pentagon specified, Dempsey voiced serious fears over Russia’s policies, which, he said, Washington found risky.
The Russian Defence Ministry’s press office told Itar-Tass earlier Gerasimov asked Dempsey to take measures to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine and on the Russian border. The chief of Russia’s General Staff expressed concern over the situation in the south of Ukraine. He recalled that on April 22 the new Ukrainian leadership launched an active phase of the military operation, which has already caused fatalities. Dempsey was told that mobile border guard groups capable of staging acts of sabotage were operating on the Ukrainian side of the border with Russia and a large military group had been deployed in the area.
Also, Gerasimov pointed to an upsurge in NATO’s military activity near Russia’s borders.
“The growing presence of US aircraft and troops in the Baltic countries and Poland and of the alliance’s ships in the Black Sea is causing concern,” he said.
The chief of Russia’s General Staff briefed his US counterpart on the beginning of exercises by tactical general purpose groups in the Southern and Western military districts, as well as on plans for flights by Russian Air Force planes near the state border. Gerasimov and Dempsey discussed measures to prevent dangerous military activities in areas of military exercises. It was agreed to have more bilateral contacts whenever necessary, the Russian Defence Ministry said.