LONDON — Defense chiefs from the United States and Russia held their first direct talks in more than a year Friday, discussing the multiple conflicts in Syria and ways to battle the Islamic State as part of possible wider contacts aimed at easing tensions.
The talks between Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu, announced by the Pentagon, follow weeks of growing concern in Washington over Moscow’s military role with Syria’s government, a key Kremlin ally.
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