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Latest Sergei Shoigu Items
Iran has invited Russia's defense minister to visit Tehran in what a top Iranian official said was meant as a "clear message" to the United States about the regional balance of power.
Hagel posed the question when he spoke to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu by phone Monday, according to Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby. During that conversation, Shoigu assured Hagel that Russian forces will not invade Ukraine.
A Pentagon spokesman told reporters Friday that the U.S. defense secretary has been trying to communicate with Russian officials but has yet to hear back from Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu or anyone else.
Russian warplanes have entered Ukraine airspace several times within the past 24 hours, conducting what one Pentagon official describes as "small probes."
Russia's defense chief assured Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday that Russian forces along Ukraine's eastern border have no intention of crossing into Ukrainian territory.
Egypt's military chief is meeting with the Russian defense minister in Moscow on his first trip abroad since ousting the country's Islamist president.
Russian President Vladimir Putin fired the country's defense minister on Tuesday, two weeks after a criminal probe was opened into alleged fraud in the sell-off of military assets.
Vladimir Putin fired his powerful defense chief over a corruption scandal Tuesday, but a heady mix of sex, power struggles and military vendettas dominated talk in Russia about what was really behind the downfall of the man who has overseen the nation's most radical defense reform in decades.