MOSCOW, Sept 22 (Reuters) – The highest U.S. army officers from United States and Russia held six hours of talks in Helsinki on Wednesday, within the first face-to-face assembly between them since 2019 as each nations regulate to the U.S. pullout and Taliban takeover in Afghanistan.

Normal Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Workers, and Russia’s chief of normal employees, Valery Gerasimov, don’t sometimes disclose the small print of their discussions and statements from each side have been minimal.

A U.S. army assertion, that included particulars on the size of the assembly however not the agenda, stated the talks have been geared toward “danger discount and operational de-confliction.”

Russia’s RIA information company reported the talks have been geared toward discussions on danger mitigation.

America and Russia have typically competing army pursuits around the globe, together with in international locations like Syria, the place U.S. and Russian forces have operated in shut proximity. How Washington and Moscow navigate subsequent steps in Afghanistan stays to be seen.

The U.S. army is underneath strain from Congress to shore up a counter-terrorism technique to handle dangers from Afghanistan following the U.S. withdrawal and Taliban takeover in August.

President Joe Biden’s administration has stated it will depend on “over-the-horizon” operations that would strike teams like al Qaeda or Islamic State in Afghanistan in the event that they threaten the US.

However, with no troops on the bottom, the extent of Washington’s means to detect and halt plots is unclear. After 20 years of battle, U.S. army officers even have a dim view of the Taliban and be aware its ties to al Qaeda.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated Moscow must work with the Taliban authorities and that world powers ought to take into account unfreezing Afghanistan’s property.

Reporting by Phil Stewart and Maxim Rodionov; Writing by Phil Stewart and Olzhas Auyezov; Enhancing by Kevin Liffey and Grant McCool

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