Trump, Mattis divided over Russia

President Donald Trump's embrace of Russia is in sharp contrast to the stance of Trump's Defense Secretary James Mattis. CNN's Barbara Starr has more.

Posted: Jul 18, 2018 9:38 PM
Updated: Jul 18, 2018 9:38 PM

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis is open to talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, but there are currently no plans for such a conversation, a US defense official tells CNN.

Earlier on Tuesday, a spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense said his country was ready for the "implementation of the agreements reached between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump" following the two leaders' meeting Monday in Helsinki, Finland.

RELATED: US offers no details as Russia claims Trump and Putin reached military agreements

The Russian military "is ready to intensify contacts with the US colleagues in the General Staff and other available channels to discuss the extension of the START treaty, cooperation in Syria, as well as other issues of ensuring military security," spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

Prior to the Trump-Putin meeting a Pentagon spokesman had denied a claim by Shoigu that he had invited Mattis for talks but had been turned down.

"We have not received an invitation from Minister Shoigu requesting to meet with Secretary Mattis," Defense Department spokesman Eric Pahon told CNN last week.

Mattis has been the Trump administration's most consistent and harshest critic of Russia, accusing Moscow last month of seeking to shatter NATO and "undermine America's moral authority"

Talks between a US defense secretary and his Russian counterpart have not taken place since 2015.

High-level talks between the US and Russian militaries are currently conducted by Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his Russian counterpart, Gen. Valery Gerasimov. The two generals last spoke on the phone on June 14, a week after an in-person meeting in Helsinki, Finland.

While their governments have fraught ties, the two military chiefs have developed a quiet relationship to ensure military relations remain as stable as possible. They often discuss not only bilateral relations but also operations in Syria, where the two sides often operate in close proximity and deconfliction measures are maintained.

In response to the 2014 Russian military incursion in Ukraine and its seizure of Crimea, Congress prohibited "any bilateral military-to-military cooperation" with Russia in its passage of the National Defense Authorization Act.

Reuters was first to report Mattis' willingness to talk to his Russian counterpart.

Terre Haute
Clear
84° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 82°
Robinson
Clear
83° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 82°
Indianapolis
Partly Cloudy
82° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 81°
Rockville
Clear
81° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 80°
Casey
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 84°
Brazil
Partly Cloudy
84° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 82°
Marshall
Clear
84° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 82°
Nice Days Ahead
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

WTHI Events

 

Illinois Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 7 p.m. CT)

Cases: 1387513

Reported Deaths: 25481
CountyCasesDeaths
Cook55585010423
DuPage923091318
Will768761028
Lake683051010
Kane59383803
Winnebago34053500
Madison30897526
McHenry29174293
St. Clair28265519
Peoria23439339
Champaign21088153
Sangamon19071237
McLean18544187
Tazewell17210304
Rock Island15239328
Kankakee14532216
Kendall1327598
LaSalle12766249
Macon10979211
DeKalb10099121
Vermilion9990141
Adams8654126
Williamson7567134
Whiteside7195174
Boone682976
Ogle620483
Grundy598578
Clinton578791
Coles5760100
Knox5639153
Jackson509865
Henry507270
Livingston489691
Woodford481582
Stephenson481485
Macoupin478288
Effingham476372
Franklin454578
Marion4511117
Jefferson4417122
Monroe438094
Lee419453
Randolph416087
Fulton405159
Logan396063
Morgan393082
Christian383675
Montgomery379074
Bureau378383
Fayette321955
Perry319960
Iroquois313167
McDonough290151
Jersey271552
Douglas260536
Saline260157
Lawrence241127
Shelby232337
Union227140
Crawford214526
Bond208824
Cass203027
Ford188348
Clark183633
Warren183648
Jo Daviess182724
Pike181753
Wayne180753
Hancock180031
Carroll178037
Richland176940
Edgar176340
White170226
Washington164725
Moultrie162928
De Witt157129
Mason154145
Piatt152214
Clay149543
Mercer149334
Johnson147316
Greene145334
Massac135840
Wabash135512
Cumberland130019
Menard124812
Jasper116218
Marshall108219
Hamilton84215
Schuyler7797
Brown7266
Pulaski6997
Stark64824
Edwards57612
Henderson53014
Calhoun5292
Scott4881
Putnam4863
Alexander47311
Gallatin4684
Hardin39112
Pope3274
Out of IL20
Unassigned02420

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 8 p.m. ET)

Cases: 749097

Reported Deaths: 13745
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1030271775
Lake554211006
Allen41613691
St. Joseph36933564
Hamilton36505416
Elkhart29347459
Tippecanoe22849225
Vanderburgh22540400
Porter19313325
Johnson18386387
Hendricks17583317
Clark13190193
Madison13111344
Vigo12602253
LaPorte12385221
Monroe12152175
Delaware10947197
Howard10250225
Kosciusko9609119
Hancock8541144
Bartholomew8158157
Warrick7854156
Floyd7763180
Grant7227179
Wayne7154201
Boone6911103
Morgan6735141
Dubois6211118
Marshall6205116
Cass5989108
Henry5893108
Dearborn588878
Noble579786
Jackson508374
Shelby500697
Lawrence4727121
Gibson444093
Harrison440473
Clinton439855
DeKalb438585
Montgomery433890
Whitley405642
Huntington402181
Steuben398659
Miami392568
Jasper386254
Knox375690
Putnam371860
Wabash360583
Ripley346470
Adams344955
Jefferson335685
White329753
Daviess3028100
Wells294881
Decatur289992
Greene286385
Fayette284664
Posey273735
LaGrange272872
Scott269855
Clay265448
Randolph244683
Washington244534
Jennings235149
Spencer234131
Starke227558
Fountain218347
Sullivan213943
Owen210858
Fulton201542
Jay200832
Carroll193420
Orange188055
Perry186937
Rush175626
Vermillion173544
Franklin170135
Tipton165746
Parke148916
Pike137934
Blackford136032
Pulaski120047
Newton112636
Brown103943
Crawford102316
Benton100814
Martin91415
Warren83515
Switzerland8098
Union72810
Ohio57811
Unassigned0421