November 30, 2015 / 5:53 PM / in 2 years

Russia says top Russian and U.S. military officials discuss fight against IS

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman USMC General Joseph Dunford, Jr. looks at his notes before testifying at a Senate Armed Forces Committee hearing on "United States Strategy in the Middle East" in Washington October 27, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The head of the Russian army’s general staff and the chairman of the U.S. joint chiefs of staff on Monday discussed by phone questions relating to the fight against Islamic State in Syria, Interfax news agency reported, citing the Russian Defence Ministry.

The ministry added that the call between Generals Valery Gerasimov and Joseph Dunford took place at the initiative of the United States.

Reporting by Alexander Winning; Editing by Richard Bazlmforth

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