General Curtis Scaparrotti, the Commander of the United States European Command (EUCOM) will hold the negotiations with General Valery Gerasimov, the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces. Stars and Stripes reported this on Wednesday.
It is expected that the sides will discuss the Russian aggression against the ships of the Ukrainian Naval Forces in Kerch Strait, and the U.S. threat in the decision to quit the nuclear treaty. Besides, the NATO leaders are concerned about the further actions in Ukraine and the Black Sea region.
Scaparrotti and Gerasimov will meet in Baku, Azerbaijan “to promote military predictability and transparency”.
As we reported earlier, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov.
Given the tough situation in the area of Kerch Strait in the Sea of Azov, President Petro Poroshenko supported the offer of Ukraine's national security and defense council; it stipulates that the Ukrainian Parliament should consider the option to impose the martial law in Ukraine.
On November 28, the Uriadovy Kurier, the official outlet of the Ukrainian Cabinet, published the presidential decree No.392, which activates the decision of the National Security and Defense Council in Ukraine about the 30-days-long martial law in Ukraine.