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U.S. Defense secretary speaks with Russian counterpart as war in Ukraine enters ninth month

2022-10-22 08:48:34       source:CNBC

October 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke with his Russian counterpart Friday morning, the second known call since the Kremlin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in late February.

Pentagon press secretary Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said Austin spoke with Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu by phone. The Kremlin also confirmed the call in a separate readout.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said he spoke with Austin in a separate call. Reznikov said the two discussed additional air defense systems in upcoming U.S. security assistance packages for Ukraine’s fight.

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