U.S. and Russia meet

September 22, 2021

Both sides seek increased transparency to reduce misunderstanding and increase stability.

Col. Dave Butler, spokesman for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Milley, on his meeting with a Russian counterpart.
  • The meeting between Gen. Milley and Chief of the Russian General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov took place in Helsinki, Finland (Helsinki was also the site of a famous “Helsinki Summit” between Pres. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin).
  • Gen. Milley has been on a trip in Europe, continuing to meet with allies of the U.S. in the aftermath of the Afghanistan drawdown and evacuation.
  • One of the major topics of conversation? Where the U.S. may be able to base counterterrorism forces without a presence in Afghanistan. Russia has already warned the U.S. and neighboring countries about such an effort.
  • Why It Matters: The meeting between the U.S. and Russia is happening at a critical time strategically – as both nations have an interest in a stable Afghanistan – and also politically, as Gen. Milley came under fire recently for a conversation he held with another U.S. adversary, China, during the Trump administration.

Top US military officer holds talks with Russian counterpart

by Jenna Lee,