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Readout of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Dunford's Meeting with Russian Chief of the General Staff Gen. Gerasimov

Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with Russian Army Gen. Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, at Königstedt Manor in Helsinki, Finland, June 8, 2018.

Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with Russian Army Gen. Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, at Königstedt Manor in Helsinki, Finland, June 8, 2018.

Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with Russian Army Gen. Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, at Königstedt Manor in Helsinki, Finland, June 8, 2018.

Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with Russian Army Gen. Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, at Königstedt Manor in Helsinki, Finland, June 8, 2018.

WASHINGTON-- Joint Staff Spokesperson Col. Patrick S. Ryder provided the following readout:

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. and Russian Chief of the General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov held a meeting June 8 in Helsinki, Finland.

The two military leaders discussed the deconfliction of Coalition and Russian operations in Syria, and exchanged views on the state of U.S.-Russia military relations and the current international security situation in Europe and other key regions. 

The U.S. and Russian militaries have undertaken efforts to improve operational safety and strategic stability. Both leaders recognize the importance of maintaining regular communication to avoid miscalculation and to promote transparency and deconfliction in areas where our militaries are operating in close proximity. 

In accordance with past practice, both generals have agreed to keep the details of their conversations private.

 

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