The head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, stated on Monday that his country has resumed contacts with Russia, in the military field, to avoid an escalation between the two countries.

Milley made this revelation at a joint press conference with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, after a virtual meeting with officials from 47 allied countries to discuss military assistance to Ukraine. The general has explained that both he and the Pentagon chief are focused on risk management and avoiding a possible escalation with Russia.

Within these efforts, “we have reopened communications at the military level and I have called my Russian counterpart,” said Milley, who did not want to offer details about the content of the conversation. However, the chief of the US General Staff has indicated that it is a “significant” step and that “it is worth it”.

Milley has stressed that the US remains “committed” in its support for Ukraine, while wanting to avoid an escalation of tension with Russia. Washington supports kyiv with military and humanitarian assistance to counter the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24.

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