Pentagon chief calls for ‘IMMEDIATE’ ceasefire in call to Russian counterpart


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A call to his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu for an “immediate” ceasefire in Ukraine, but no “acute problems” could be solved during their exchange, announced the Pentagon

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin called on his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu on Friday for an “immediate” ceasefire in Ukraine, but no “acute problems” could be resolved during their exchange, said announced the Pentagon.

Austin “urged an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and stressed the importance of maintaining lines of communication,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.

The two leaders spoke “for the first time since February 18”, a few days before the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine, he added, without giving further details of the conversation.

According to a senior Pentagon official, “the call itself did not resolve any acute issues or lead to direct changes in what the Russians do or say.”

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin asked his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu on Friday for an “immediate” ceasefire in Ukraine during their first telephone conversation since the start of the war, the Pentagon announced.

Austin “urged an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and stressed the importance of maintaining lines of communication,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.

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