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Russia: UK defence chief powwows with Gerasimov01:03

Russia: UK defence chief powwows with Gerasimov

Russian Federation, Moscow
October 9, 2013 at 13:06 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: UK defence chief powwows with Gerasimov

Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia Valery Gerasimov met with Sir Nicholas Houghton, Chief of the Defence Staff of the British Armed Forces, in Moscow Wednesday. The two men discussed issue of bilateral cooperation, the ongoing unrest in Syria and the military conflict in Afghanistan, among other issues.

Gerasimov stated that stability in Syria can be achieved only through diplomatic means and without foreign military intervention.

"As for the Syrian crisis, we fully support the decision of the UN Security Council that aims at destroying the stockpiles of Syria's chemical weapons," he said. "We believe that a political settlement is the only way to achieve stability in this country without resorting to foreign intervention."

He also touched on a March meeting of Russian and UK defence chiefs, during which Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu invited British tank crews to participate in tank biathlon competitions in Russia in 2014.

Russia: UK defence chief powwows with Gerasimov01:03
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Russia: UK defence chief powwows with Gerasimov

Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia Valery Gerasimov met with Sir Nicholas Houghton, Chief of the Defence Staff of the British Armed Forces, in Moscow Wednesday. The two men discussed issue of bilateral cooperation, the ongoing unrest in Syria and the military conflict in Afghanistan, among other issues.

Gerasimov stated that stability in Syria can be achieved only through diplomatic means and without foreign military intervention.

"As for the Syrian crisis, we fully support the decision of the UN Security Council that aims at destroying the stockpiles of Syria's chemical weapons," he said. "We believe that a political settlement is the only way to achieve stability in this country without resorting to foreign intervention."

He also touched on a March meeting of Russian and UK defence chiefs, during which Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu invited British tank crews to participate in tank biathlon competitions in Russia in 2014.

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