The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation press service reported on Facebook that Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu and the United States Secretary of Defense, James Mattis met in person for the first time at the international summit in Singapore. According the Russian Ministry of Defense, Mattis and Shoygu shook hands at the entrance to the hall before the start of the summit’s official part.
It is reported that the head of the Pentagon expressed condolences to Shoygu in regards to the massacre at the Kerch Polytechnic College.
“He noted that similar things are happening in the U.S. too and that Americans understand how Russians must be feeling in such situations. The Russian defense minister thanked his colleague and noted that such cases are becoming frequent in the world. All possible measures should be taken to prevent these tragedies, “said the press service.
At the same time, the U.S. Department of Defense did not officially comment on the ministers’ meeting.