Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during a meeting with Valery Gerasimov, chief of staff of the Russian Armed Forces, discussed the use of Russian bases in Central Asia, the Wall Street Journal reported September 27.
According to the newspaper, the incident took place last week during the talks in the Finnish city of Vantaa.
According to the newspaper sources, General Milli was acting on the instructions of the National Security Council (NSC) during the administration of President Joe Biden.
It is noted that the American side explained its interest in the Russian bases by “reacting to any terrorist threats in Afghanistan.
Gerasimov did not make any promises to his U.S. counterpart on this issue, the WSJ explained.
“While the U.S. and Russia are concerned about the threat of terrorism, the idea of working with Russia to counter terrorism is fraught with challenges, especially politically,” the article said.
On Sept. 22, Russian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov and U.S. Armed Forces Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley met in Finland to discuss reducing the risks of incidents during military activities.
A week earlier, Director of the U.S. National Intelligence Avril Haynes named the countries with the greatest threat of terrorism. She included Yemen, Somalia, Syria and Iraq among them. In this case, U.S. intelligence does not prioritize Afghanistan, but intends to keep a close eye on the possible resurgence of terrorist groups there.