Baku meeting of top US, Russian military officers ‘important’ – NATO chief

13:37   16 February 2017    1036

A meeting to be held between Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford and Chief of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov in Baku Feb. 16 is important, said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels, reported citing RFERL.

Stoltenberg said he welcomed attempts by "NATO allies on a bilateral basis" to "develop lines of communications and develop the dialogue with Russia."

Stoltenberg also noted that in the last two NATO-Russia Council meetings -- which were aimed at addressing "military transparency, risk reduction" and other military issues between NATO and Russia -- there had been "no direct contact" between Gerasimov and Czech General Petr Pavel, the chairman of NATO`s Military Committee.

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