Top Pentagon officials have not spoken to their Russian counterparts since invasion of Ukraine began

Top Pentagon officials have not spoken to their Russian counterparts since invasion of Ukraine began

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  • 02:36 - Source: CNN US officials say this 'revealing moment' hints at morale problems in Russia's military Washington CNN — Senior Russian military leaders have declined calls from their US counterparts since before the invasion of Ukraine began, a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday.
  • The last known time that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke with Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu was on February 18, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley last spoke to the Chief of Russian General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov on February 11, CNN previously reported.
  • CNN reported there was a meeting last week between Russian military officials and two US defense attachés at the Russian Ministry of Defense in Moscow.
  • At the meeting, there was an “outburst” of emotion from a normally stoic Russian general, which the US officials said they had never witnessed from their Russian counterparts at an official meeting, according to a closely held US readout of the meeting reviewed by CNN.

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