Moscow, NATO in first high-level military talks since freeze,

Senior Russian and NATO military chiefs on Friday held their first phone talks since ties between the two sides collapsed over the crisis in Ukraine, the Defense Ministry in Moscow said.
The chairman of the NATO Military Committee Petr Pavel called Russia’s Chief o f Staff Valery Gerasimov to discuss the possible restarting of military coordination and avoiding clashes, a statement from the ministry said.
“This is the first high-level military contact since the NATO council took the decision to freeze relations with Russia,” it said.
“The two sides exchanged opinions about current security issues, the prospects of reestablishing military cooperation and avoiding incidents.”
Moscow said Gerasimov used the opportunity to complain about “the significant increased military activity of the alliance near the Russian border.”
NATO headquarters in Brussels confirmed the talks and said “active military to military lines of communications are in the mutual interest of NATO and Russia and they remain open.” Läs artikel