The NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Curtis Scaparrotti, and the Russian Chief of General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, held a meeting in Baku on Thursday, April 19th.
The Russian Defense Ministry’s website reported that the military leaders discussed a number of topics, including: the military activities of NATO and the Russian Federation in European regions, potential confidence-building measures, procedures for preventing incidents, and the situation in Syria.
Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe reported that the main topics of the meeting revolved around military doctrine and exercises.
“This face-to-face meeting demonstrates a clear mutual interest to maintain the military lines of communication, and to align with NATO’s policy of dialogue and transparency,” the report states.
Scaparrotti and Gerasimov agreed to maintain this channel of military communication in the future.