“We’ve not obtained an invite from Minister Shoigu requesting to fulfill with Secretary Mattis,” Protection Division spokesman Eric Pahon instructed CNN.
On Wednesday, the Russian Embassy revealed an interview Shoigu gave to an Italian newspaper the place he mentioned that he had invited Mattis to fulfill “greater than as soon as.”
“I’ve invited the Pentagon head to debate present problematic world and regional safety points, together with the conflict on terror, greater than as soon as. Nevertheless, the People should not but prepared for such a dialogue. I’m positive although that each the peoples of Russia and the US and the remainder of the world are serious about that,” the Russian protection chief mentioned.
“I hope we’re going to have the ability to get together with Russia. I believe that we most likely will be capable of,” Trump mentioned throughout a press convention Thursday following the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium.
The Pentagon mentioned that a greater relationship between Russia and the US was contingent on Russia altering its habits.
“The President has mentioned he believes a greater relationship with Russia can be good for each America and Russia, however the ball is in Russia’s courtroom,” Pahon mentioned.
Shoigu mentioned that “the one working communication channel that exists” between the US and Russia concerned the 2 international locations’ prime navy officers, Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Workers, and his Russian counterpart Gen. Valery Gerasimov.
The 2 generals met in Helsinki final month and usually converse on the telephone to debate the state of affairs in Syria, the place US and Russian forces function in shut proximity, in addition to different points in keeping with statements issued by each the US and Russian governments.