(POLITICO) Russia’s Ministry of Defense has so far ignored the Pentagon’s efforts to set up a phone call between the nations’ top defense officials as its military activity increases near Ukraine, the Defense Department said Friday.
Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said that American defense officials called Moscow to arrange a phone call between Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Shoygu, but haven’t gotten any response.
Meanwhile, Warren said, the U.S. has observed increased activity among the Russian ground and air units posted near the country’s border with Ukraine. Armor, mechanized infantry and airborne units are on the move, he said.
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