25 April, 13:52

Russian Defense Ministry has not received any statements from Pentagon proposing telephone talks between Hagel and Shoigu - Moscow

Russian Defense Ministry has not received any statements from Pentagon proposing telephone talks between Hagel and Shoigu - Moscow

The Russian Defense Ministry is prepared to discuss with the US Pentagon the settling of the situation around Ukraine but Russia has so far not received any notice, Gen. Maj. Igor Konashenkov said Friday.

Earlier news agencies reported that Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel had announced his attempts to contact Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to discuss the situation on Ukraine's border.

"The Russian Defense Ministry was surprised by reports in the press citing Hagel's apparent attempts to organize a telephone conversation with Sergei Shoigu," Konashenkov said.

He said that there have been no notices sent to the Russian Defense Ministry as of late on Hagel's desire to speak with Shoigu and that there is a standard procedure for this that has worked "for many years".

"The Russian Defense Ministry confirms its readiness to an objective and constructive discussion with [our] American partners to normalize the situation in Ukraine. We believe that direct dialogue between the heads of the military branches of Russia and the US are always a better exchange than through the press," Konashenkov said.

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