US and Russian defense chiefs speak for first time since invasion
WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu spoke with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Friday after months of refusing direct contact with his U.S. counterpart. But officials said the call did not appear to signal a change in Moscow’s war in Ukraine.
A senior Department of Defense official said Friday that while Austin believes the hour-long conversation was important in the effort to keep the lines of communication open, it did not resolve any “acute issues” or result in of change in what the Russians do or are doing. saying as the war enters week 12.