U.S, Russian military leaders meet in Finland

U.S, Russian military leaders meet in Finland
The Associated Press

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The top U.S. military chief met Friday with his Russian counterpart in Finland to exchange views on U.S.-Russia military relations, Syria and the current international security situation.

Finnish news agency FNB said the meeting between Gen. Joseph Dunford, current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Russia’s chief of the military’s General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, took place in Konigstedt Manor, a Finnish state-owned venue used for meetings, negotiations and receptions north of the capital, Helsinki.

No news conference or statement was planned.

On Thursday, Dunford met separately with Finland’s military chief, Gen. Jarmo Lindberg.

“It is really good that the United States and Russian have a dialogue in a tense international environment,” Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini told Finnish broadcaster YLE. “Finland is known for being able to organize and contribute to such discussions.”

FNB said Finland hosted a similar a meeting in 2008.

In April, NATO’s top military officer, U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, met with Gerasimov in Baku, Azerbaijan. It was the first such encounter since relations between Moscow and the alliance sank to post-Cold War lows over the Ukrainian crisis.

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