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Release No: NR-003-14
January 04, 2014

Readout of Secretary Hagel's Call with Russia’s Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby provided the following readout:


“Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu today to discuss recent events in Russia.


“Secretary Hagel offered his condolences for the recent terrorist attacks in Volgograd. The secretary condemned the attacks and said the United States stands with the Russian people against terrorism.


“The leaders discussed the need to remain vigilant against these threats and considered additional opportunities to deepen our nations’ counterterrorism cooperation.


“Secretary Hagel also assured Minister Shoygu that the United States stands ready to provide security assistance to Russia for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, if requested.


“Lastly, the two men discussed the international community’s efforts to remove Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile, and the importance of Syria fulfilling its obligations under the agreed plan."


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