Top US, Russian Military Generals To Meet Thursday

Tyler Durden's picture

With a Russian ship sailing in very close proximity to the primary east coast submarine base, and tensions between the US - and perhaps the Trump administration - and Russia, once again rising it seems like an odd moment to organize a meeting between the top US military general and his Russian counterpart on Thursday in Azerbaijan, the first such meeting between the two since military cooperation between the two nations was suspended in 2014 following the hostilities in Ukraine.

U.S. Marine Corps General and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Joseph Dunford will meet with the head of the Russian army's General Staff Valery Gerasimov on Thursday in Azerbaijan, Dunford's office said in a statement on Wednesday.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford

"The military leaders will discuss a variety of issues including the current state of U.S.-Russian military relations and the importance of consistent and clear military-to-military communication to prevent miscalculation and potential crises," the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

Accompanying Dunfort will be Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who will also meet his Russian counterpart on Thursday, as the Trump administration evaluates the future direction of US-Russian relations.

Tillerson departed Wednesday for a G-20 ministerial meeting in Bonn, Germany, his inaugural international trip as the United States' top diplomat. He'll be joined in Bonn by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and representatives from the world's other major economies.

The Russian Foreign Ministry announced Wednesday that Tillerson and Lavrov will meet on the sidelines of the conference on Thursday. It will be their first such meeting since Tillerson took office. Tillerson's trip comes as the Trump administration is seeking to reassure skittish allies in Europe the US has their backs, all while exploring new areas for cooperation with Russia as advocated by President Donald Trump.

At the same time, European diplomats are watching the new US officials all the more closely after Trump's disparagement of NATO and questions about the utility of sanctions. Similarly, Western military officials are closely following Defense Secretary James Mattis' participation in the NATO ministerial meeting in Brussels and Munich Security Conference this week as well. As CNN adds, it remains to be seen whether the Cabinet secretaries will outline any specific shifts in US positions both on European issues as well as the Middle East.

It's still unclear exactly how the new administration will go about changing course in Syria, and whether doing so will involve additional cooperation with Russia -- which provides military support to the Assad regime.

As Tillerson's plane was taking off in Washington, the Pentagon announced the meeting between Dunford and his Russian counterpart Valeriy Gerasimov, set to take place tomorrow in Azerbaijan.

Meanwhile, in a sign that Trump's pro-Russia stance is moderating, the president's envoys have been expressing positions more keeping with previous US policies. While the Trump administration's response to the recent violence in Ukraine has, so far, been muted, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, indicated the US would maintain sanctions on Russia for annexing Crimea in 2014. She condemned what she called the "Russian occupation" of the Ukrainian territory, giving some reassurance to US allies in the region. The sentiment was echoed by Sean Spicer yesterday who said Trump hopes Russia will "return" Crimea to Ukraine.

The Russian Embassy in Washington made it clear this would not happen in a tweet Tuesday afternoon: "We will continue to patiently explain to the new US administration why Crimea is Russia."

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William Dorritt's picture

Both Militaries have been in constant contact since the begining of WW2, a good thing

Ace006's picture

Except US officers were strangely unavailable during the US attack on Deir ez-Zor. Coffee break apparently.

Mike Masr's picture

The Crimea is more Russian than the Plymouth Rock is American!

It will be Russia forever.

Maybe our neocon fuck heads want to go to thermonuclear World War 3 with Russia over it!

William Dorritt's picture

NeoCons are still mad at Russia for how they treated the Jews 100 years ago.

Even though the Bolshevik Jews murdered 10s of millions of Russians and Ukrainians in the 1920s, 30s and 40s

World-Gone-Mad's picture

What NEOCONS like is taking war as far as they possibly can without going to all-out nuclear war.

It's a game of chicken. This keeps the war racket going for contractors and their massive bribes and paybacks to politicians and the top corporate sponsors of Big Pharma, Big Media, Big Education, etc. Keep the highest amout of money rolling in at top optimization all the time. This is why Obama did nothing, nor Bush, Clinton.....

IridiumRebel's picture

"what? We need nuclear war!"
with love,

Son of Captain Nemo's picture




Why is it again that Dunford hasn't been eliminated like Prince Bandar yet for his crimes against humanity starting with 9/11?!!!

HenryHall's picture

The Ukrainian authorities introduced a state of emergency in the country's energy sector today 15 Feb 2017. Though DNR is willing to ship coal, it is blocked by Ukrainian nationalists in the Kiev controlled sector of Donbas. Kiev will run out of coal in 45 days unless supplies are restored.

cheech_wizard's picture

Meanwhile (a bit old news, but puts things in perspective) in Crimea...

Standard Disclaimer: Raise a toast to Putin.

TabakLover's picture

Why are Americans conditioned to hate the Russians?  Stoopid.  Russians are the mofoing Neocons favorite wolf to scare the American 'sheeple' with.

angry_dad's picture
angry_dad (not verified) TabakLover Feb 15, 2017 2:42 PM

it'ss called propaganda distributed by the fake news factories

chubbar's picture

Every news outlet, whether CNN or FOX, is banging the war drums for Russia. Why? It is so obvious that the deep state is pushing this narrative I can only think it has something to do with the economy. They must be desperate to deflect attention away from domestic issues or something along those lines. I can't remember the last time I've seen all the networks align behind one central theme since 911.

Ace006's picture

FoxNews trots out anti-Russian zealots like Bolton, Keane, McFarland, and Peters on the hour every hour.

Opposing views? Don't hold your breath.

Ace006's picture

They were a real threat with a monstrous history during the time of the USSR. Now it's as you say.

angry_dad's picture
angry_dad (not verified) Feb 15, 2017 2:41 PM

The rooskies will give TRUMP their latest surveillance tapes of people who visit orgy island.

I wonder who they could be?

William Dorritt's picture

Bush 2 is the one that gave Epstein a pass and disappeared the tapes from all of Epstein's properties and airplane.

Herdee's picture

NATO gradually creeping in on Russia's borders over the years hasn't helped.

Ace006's picture

That's so rude of you to point that out.

vesna's picture

let's wait what the smart guys say

cheech_wizard's picture

Meanwhile in Brussels, Mattis has some choice words for NATO.

Standard Disclaimer: Pay up, bitchez.

World-Gone-Mad's picture

Exacty what needs to happen. Good work. Now, keep McCain and Graham locked away in a playpen while the real men talk this out.

jabs69's picture

Imagine if in the end what we find out has been causing all of this tension across the world for the last decade+ is Podesta's love of kiddie genitalia?

wonderfulme's picture

At the same time, Mattis is urging "the need to negotiate with Russia "from a position of strength."

Thus far, this administration is nothing short of schizophrenic.

khnum's picture

The Apprentice with nuclear weapons with a foreign policy back in Israels hands...this will not work out well

Vervolf's picture

Traditional mistake... Either you would like to negotiate or demand "from position of strength "... Impossible to combine... In any way with Russians...

Hannibal's picture
The Dangerous Precedence Of The Hunt Against Flynn ... And Trump

Kicking Flynn out of his office has hurt Trump. His standing is diminished. The efforts against Flynn, mainly by the "deep state" in the intelligence agencies, were designed to change Trump's declared foreign policy aims. They worked

Quinvarius's picture

I am sure the Demotards will call them all spies.

moorewasthebestbond's picture

Hey Russia, don't let them off the hook!


Shit sandwich for the new State Department: Obama & CONgress funded Uk-kraut Nazis losing on the battlefield for 3 years now resorting to assassinating LPR-DPR field commanders:

RMolineaux's picture

It is disappointing to see how Nikki Haley, in her inaugural UN speech so closely parrots the MSM story line about the Crimea.  I would suggest to her that she pay a little more attention to what her immediate boss, the Secretary of State has to say on the matter, and worry less about "conforming."


Best wishes Secretary Tillerson! "yes I'll drink to that!"

onmail1's picture

I would be happy to see
American & Russian military doing
joint exercises to keep the world safe
from terrorists, sea pirates, drug pushers & human traffickers

There can be many superpowers but
we have only one planet to live on
let us thrive and not become extinct

CatsPaw's picture

There is a quite large gap between talking with Russia and being in bed with them.

Seems like even considering talking to the Ruissians means you are Russina yourself by now. I mean, its possible, but its almost assumed to be the rule by some people...

But then again, Obama had contacts with Saudis. back then it was tin foil hat theory that he could be in bed with them.


No wonder the country is so divided.