The man at very the top of the US military met his Russian counterpart in Finland on Friday to exchange views on US-Russia military relations, Syria and the international security situation including European security.
AP reported that the meeting between General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Russia’s chief of the military’s General Staff, General Valery Gerasimov, took place at Konigstedt Manor, a Finnish state-owned venue north of the capital Helsinki.
The Americans and Russians “have undertaken efforts to improve operational safety and strategic stability,” according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff website.
The US statement said, ‘Both leaders recognize the importance of maintaining regular communication to avoid miscalculation and to promote transparency and de-escalation in areas where our militaries are operating in close proximity.”
Both generals agreed to keep details of their conversation private. They also had separate meetings with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.