Chief of the Russian General Staff General of the Army Valery Gerasimov had a telephone conversation with the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee Petr Pavel
Today, General of the Army Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces – First Deputy Defence Minister, had a telephone conversation with General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee upon the initiative of the NATO’s party.
This is the first high-level military contact since the NATO Council had taken decision to freeze relations with Russia.
The parties exchanged their opinions about topical issues of security, prospects in recovery of military cooperation, prevention of incidents and participation of the Alliance representatives in international activities held by the Russian Defence Ministry.
Valery Gerasimov attracted attention of Petr Pavel to concerns caused by significant intensification of military activity of the NATO near the Russian borders as well as deployment of forward-based systems of the Allied Forces.
General of the Army Sergei Gerasimov informed General Petr Pavel about key international events and exercise organized by the Russian defence department in 2017.
Parties confirmed necessity of mutual steps aimed to decrease tensions and to build up stabilization in Europe.
General of the Army Sergei Gerasimov and General Petr Pavel agreed to continue cooperation.