Top US, Russian military chiefs meet to discuss Syria

Orient Net 2019-12-19 10:04:00

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The top US and Russian military commanders have held talks on Syria, where both countries are militarily engaged, and on improving mutual communication.

General Mark Milley, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his Russian counterpart, General Valery Gerasimov, met in Switzerland's capital, Bern, on December 18.

They discussed avoiding conflicts in military operations and the risks of miscalculations, a U.S. Department of Defense statement said.

Despite the conflict in Syria and tensions between Moscow and Washington, the U.S. and Russian militaries have kept open a permanent channel of communication between their leaders to avoid accidental confrontations in Syria.