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Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, the United States and Russia have established a hotline to prevent any miscalculation and the expansion of the conflict.
The “Deconfliction” hotline is an open telephone line based at European Command headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, under Air Force Gen. Tod Wolters, who leads all U.S. forces in Europe.
On Thursday, May 19, the Pentagon said Gen. Mark Milley, the top U.S. military official, spoke by phone with Russian Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov.
Wolters said in Brussels that he hoped the call between Milley and Gerasimov was a step toward a diplomatic solution in Ukraine.
It was the first conversation between the two since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February. The call comes after U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke with Russia’s defense minister last week and the Pentagon chief called for an immediate Russian cease-fire in Ukraine.
A spokesman for Milley, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the two military leaders discussed several security-related issues and agreed to continue to keep communication open. In keeping with past practice, specific details of their conversation will be kept confidential.
The Russian Defense Ministry said the two military leaders discussed issues of “mutual interest,” including Ukraine.
However, more than two months after the Russian invasion began, there appears to be little momentum on the diplomatic front. The invasion has killed or wounded thousands, reduced towns to rubble and forced more than 5 million Ukrainians to flee abroad.
Edited by：Rebecca (一切心皆不可得！)