Hagel talks Ukraine with Russian counterpart
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel - REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

WASHINGTON: U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke by phone with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu on Saturday after Moscow approved sending troops into Ukraine following a bloody three-month uprising there.

“Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel spoke to his Russian counterpart this morning,” a U.S. defense official told AFP on condition of anonymity. Hagel then went to the White House for a meeting on the crisis. Officials said there was “no change” to the U.S. military’s presence in the region.

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