WASHINGTONé Russia has assured the United States that it will not invade Ukraine, said the U.S. Department of Defense Monday.
The assurance was given by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu, according to a statement released by the U.S. Defense Department.
“Secretary of Defense (Chuck) Hagel spoke today by phone with Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu (and) Shoigu reiterated his assurance that Russian forces would not invade Ukraine,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in the statement.
The two officials discussed a wide range of issues related to the situation in Ukraine, with Hagel requesting clarification of Russia’s intentions in Eastern Ukraine, said Kirby.
Hagel emphasized in the phone call “how dangerous the situation remains and expressed his desire to find a responsible way forward, ” and that Ukraine must be included in diplomatic talks,
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