US, Russian military leaders meet in Finland


COPENHAGEN: The top US military chief is meeting his Russian counterpart in Finland to exchange views on US-Russia military relations, Syria and the current international security situation.
Finnish news agency FNB said Friday’s meeting of Gen. Joseph Dunford, current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Russia’s chief of the military’s General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, took place in a Finnish state-owned manor used for meetings, negotiations and receptions north of the capital, Helsinki.
No news conference or statement was planned. FNB said Finland hosted a similar a meeting in 2008. In April, NATO’s top military officer, US Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, met with Gerasimov in Baku, Azerbaijan, for the first such encounter since relations between Moscow and the alliance sank to post-Cold War lows over the Ukrainian crisis.