EUCOM Commander to negotiate with Chief of Armed Forces of Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

Curtis Scaparrotti and Valeriy Gerasimov will meet in Baku, Azerbaijan
17:53, 12 December 2018

Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, NATO supreme allied commander Europe, and Gen. Valery Gerasimov, Russian armed forces chief of staff, are seated behind their respective flags in Baku, Azerbaijan, April 19, 2018
Stars and Stripes

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.

Related: U.S. House of Representatives condemns Russian attack in Kerch Strait

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.   

Related: Normandy Format talks to continue in January on advisers' level, - Germany

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.

Related: Russia deploys modern ECM systems in Kaliningrad Oblast

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. 

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