Russia's chief of the General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, has discussed ?pressing issues of international security? with US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, in a phone call on Tuesday.
The Pentagon confirmed that the two "military leaders discussed several security-related issues of concern." The phone call was part of efforts aimed at ensuring "risk reduction and operational de-confliction," its statement added.
Neither the Pentagon, nor the Russian Defense Ministry reveal any additional details of the Tuesday talks in its statement. The phone call between the two army generals came as Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said US nuclear-capable bombers had made dozens of sorties across Eastern Europe in recent weeks.
The American drills involved the bombers practicing "their ability to use nuclear weapons against Russia," Shoigu said after meeting the Chinese defense minister, Wei Fenghe, in Moscow on Tuesday.
Tensions between Russia and NATO have also been growing recently, as Kiev, with the support of several Western media outlets, claimed Moscow was building up forces not far from Ukrainian territory, implying it could be a precursor to a potential invasion. Russia has consistently denied such claims, with the country's top foreign intelligence agency, the SVR, accusing the US of being behind a disinformation campaign that only stirs up tensions and increases risk of a conflict.