U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke Friday with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu for the first time in months, urging “an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby says.
The call between Austin and his Russian counterpart is the first since Feb. 18, according to Kirby. It’s also the first since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, which has now lasted 79 days.
“Secretary Austin urged an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and emphasized the importance of maintaining lines of communication,” Kirby said.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin testifies before the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense during a hearing for the Fiscal Year 2023 Department of Defense, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, May 11. (AP/Jose Luis Magana)
Russia’s Ministry of Defense, in a statement about the call, said the two officials “discussed topical international security issues, including the situation in Ukraine.”
In late March, Kirby told Fox News that the Biden administration has been trying different avenues to reach the Kremlin, but to no avail.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff of Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov attend a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia, on Feb. 27. (Sputnik/Aleksey Nikolskyi/Kremlin via REUTERS)
“Increasing volumes of foreign arms deliveries clearly demonstrate their intentions to provoke the Kyiv regime to fight to the last Ukrainian,” Shoigu said at the time.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken pose for a picture during their meeting on April 24 in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)
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