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US Defense Chief Weighing Possible Talks With Russian Counterpart

(VOA): U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday he was considering the possibility of the first talks in years between the defense chiefs of the United States and Russia, a possibility first reported by Reuters on July 17.

“I am considering meeting with my counterpart, but there's been no decision,” Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon.

The last time a U.S. defense secretary even spoke telephonically with a Russian defense minister was in 2015, as relations between Moscow and Washington soured. It was not immediately clear when the last face-to-face meeting took place.

(This story has not been edited by N24 staff and is Voice Of America auto-generated from a RSS feed)

Published Date: Sunday, July 29th, 2018 | 10:45 AM

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