Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin discussed the situation in Ukraine with his British counterpart Ben Wallace after talking with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. The conversation focused on “US-UK defense ties,” Defense Department spokesman Patrick Ryder said in a statement.
The parties discussed the importance of “transatlantic cooperation”.
Their conversation today is a continuation of last week’s conversation at the Pentagon, which touched on a wide range of defense and security issues of mutual interest, including Ukraine .
The head of the Russian Defense Ministry earlier in the day held telephone conversations with Defense Minister Lloyd Austin, in which the situation in Ukraine was also discussed. The conversation took place at the initiative of the American side. Shoigu also held talks with British Defense Minister Ben Wallace, French Defense Minister Sebastien Lecornu and Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, in which he expressed concern about possible provocations by Ukraine using a “dirty bomb”.
Two days earlier, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, in a conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu , outlined the importance of maintaining lines of communication amid the Ukrainian crisis. In addition, they discussed international security.