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Russian military chief speaks to NATO counterpart

First such contact since NATO suspended dialogue with Russia in 2014 after Crimea's annexation

AP/PTI  |  Moscow 

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The Russian Defence Ministry says the nation's top military officer has spoken to his counterpart for the first time in several years.

The ministry said Gen Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the General Staff of the Russian armed forces, had a phone call on Friday with Czech Army Gen Petr Pavel, the chairman of NATO's Military Committee.

It was the first such high-level contact since suspended a dialogue with in 2014 over Russia's annexation of Ukraine's and support for a separatist insurgency in eastern

The ministry said Gerasimov and Pavel discussed prevention of incidents, prospects for restoring military cooperation and acute security issues.

It said Gerasimov relayed Moscow's concerns about NATO's buildup near Russian borders and the generals confirmed the need for joint steps to reduce tensions.

First Published: Fri, March 03 2017. 18:51 IST