Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu appears on after a gathering of the Russian-French Safety Cooperation Council in Moscow, Russia, September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russian Protection Minister Sergei Shoigu held talks by telephone with U.S. Protection Secretary Mark Esper, the RIA information company reported on Monday, citing the Russian ministry.

The talks had been initiated by the U.S. aspect, RIA added. The Russian ministry didn’t disclose particulars of the talks, Interfax, one other information company, mentioned.

In Washington, the Pentagon confirmed Esper and his Russian counterpart had spoken however declined to offer any particulars…

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