Russia's armed forces chief met on Tuesday at the Pentagon with his US counterpart for previously unannounced talks that come amid strains over US missile plans in eastern Europe.
General Yury Baluyevsky was received with full military honors by Admiral Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Pentagon spokesmen said they had no information on the agenda for the sessions, but US plans to install a radar.
"It was a very fruitful, productive discussion that both parties benefitted from, and the chairman desires to keep the content of those discussions between him and his counterpart," Navy Captain John Kirby said.
Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law suspending Moscow's participation in the 1990 Conventional Forces in Europe treaty, which limits the deployment of tanks and other military hardware in eastern Europe. The suspension takes effect on Dec. 12 but Russian officials have said they have no immediate plans to move forces into Eastern Europe.
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