Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin had a telephone conversation with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. This was reported by the press service of the US Department of Defense.
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“On October 21, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III held a telephone conversation with Russian Defense Secretary Sergei Shoigu. Secretary of State Austin emphasized the importance of maintaining lines of communication in the context of the ongoing war against Ukraine,” the statement said.
No other details of the conversation are given.
The Russian propaganda publication RIA Novosti, citing the Russian Defense Ministry, reported that Shoigu discussed the “situation” in Ukraine with Austin by phone. They also did not disclose the details of the conversation.
For the first time since the start of a large-scale war, Austin spoke with Shoigu on May 13. The Pentagon said: “Secretary Austin called for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and stressed the importance of maintaining lines of communication.”
On October 3, Austin said in an interview with CNN that he had warned Shoigu “privately” against the use of nuclear weapons.
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- On October 20, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Alexei Danilov said that if the Russians blow up the dam of the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station, this will lead to a catastrophe with a large number of victims, but the temporarily occupied Crimea will also be cut off from water supply.
- Today, Natalia Gumenyuk, spokesperson for the Yug Operational Command, said that the fact that the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station was mined by Russian invaders is known, the Russians leave the possibility of undermining it as a “last resort.”
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