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

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

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. spoke with Chief of the Russian General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov by telephone today.

The conversation reinforced themes from last week's discussion in Helsinki and focused on issues of mutual concern, to include the continued deconfliction of Coalition and Russian operations in Syria and the current international security situation in Europe and other key regions.

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

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