2 Jun 2020 19:32

Russian defense minister, Pentagon chief discuss deconflicting in Syria, security of troops abroad

MOSCOW. June 2 (Interfax) - Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper spoke by telephone on Tuesday to discuss incidents in Syria and the security of their militaries abroad, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The pair "discussed deconflicting and stabilization measures in Syria and the provision of security for military contingents in Afghanistan and other world regions," the ministry said following the talks in a statement obtained by Interfax.

Russian defense minister proposed to his U.S. counterpart pooling efforts of both countries to combat coronavirus and share experience, the ministry said.

"The heads of the military agencies exchanged opinions on countering the spread of Covid-19, the situation surrounding the arms control, information and regional security," it said.

Shoigu also invited Esper to Victory Parade, which is to take place in Moscow on June 24.

"The conversation concluded with the Russian and U.S. defense chiefs agreeing to continue dialogue," the ministry said.