Milley and Austin ‘frequently’ reach out to Russian counterparts and get no reply

Neither Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin nor Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have spoken to their Russian counterparts since their invasion of Ukraine, six weeks ago.

Austin affirmed that the two Pentagon leaders have “frequently” reached out to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Gen. Valery Gerasimov but have been unsuccessful. Austin made this disclosure during his and Milley’s testimony in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday morning.

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