By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press
HELSINKI, Finland (AP) – The high-ranking American military officer held talks with his Russian counterpart on Wednesday, while the United States is fighting to secure basic rights and other support in the fight against terrorism in the countries bordering Afghanistan – an attempt that Moscow has rejected .
The six-hour meeting in Finland’s capital between General Mark Milley, chairman of the US chiefs of staff, and General Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian general staff, came at a crucial time after the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
With no troops on the ground, the US will have to establish more bases, intelligence and other arrangements to help monitor al-Qaeda and IS fighters in Afghanistan.
Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in July that Moscow had warned the US that any stationing of American troops in neighboring countries of Afghanistan would be “unacceptable”. Many things not only affect our perception of what is going on in this important region, but also ours Relations with the United States. “
Ryabkov also said Russia had “open talks” with Central Asian countries warning them not to allow US troops within their borders.
Both sides agreed not to divulge details of the talks, as was customary in previous meetings and phone calls. Afterward, Milley said, “It was a productive meeting. When military leaders from major powers communicate, the world is a safe place. “