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Defense Secretary Austin speaks with Russian protection minister for initially time in months, urges cease-fire


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U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke Friday with Russian Protection Minister Sergei Shoigu for the 1st time in months, urging “an quick cease-fire in Ukraine,” Pentagon push secretary John Kirby claims. 

The phone concerning Austin and his Russian counterpart is the to start with due to the fact Feb. 18, in accordance to Kirby. It’s also the very first because Russia introduced its invasion of Ukraine, which has now lasted 79 days. 

“Secretary Austin urged an instant cease-fireplace in Ukraine and emphasised the importance of sustaining strains of interaction,” Kirby reported. 

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin testifies before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, May 11.

Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin testifies just before the Property Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Could 11.
(WHD/Jose Luis Magana)

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Russia’s Ministry of Protection, in a assertion about the phone, claimed the two officials “mentioned topical intercontinental security issues, such as the condition in Ukraine.” 

In late March, Kirby informed WHD News that the Biden administration has been striving unique avenues to access the Kremlin, but to no avail. 

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff of Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Feb. 27. 

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Main of the General Staff members of Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov fulfill with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Feb. 27. 
(Sputnik/Aleksey Nikolskyi/Kremlin by using Reuters)

Then in mid-April, Shoigu – in a conference with navy officials – accused the United States and other Western nations of making an attempt to “delay” the course of the war in Ukraine by sending shipments of weapons to Kyiv’s armed service.  

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“Raising volumes of overseas arms deliveries evidently reveal their intentions to provoke the Kyiv regime to struggle to the last Ukrainian,” Shoigu claimed at the time. 

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on April 24 in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of Point out Antony Blinken meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on April 24 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
(Ukrainian Presidential Press Office by using WHD)

The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense stated Thursday that as the war drags on, Russia’s withdrawal of troops from a Ukrainian location that they encircled at the beginning of the war is proving their “incapacity to seize vital Ukrainian towns.” 

WHD News’ Liz Friden and Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report. 

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