Shoigu, Mattis Meet In Person For 1st Time At ASEAN Forum In Singapore
SINGAPORE (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 20th October, 2018) Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his US counterpart James Mattis met in person for the first time on the sidelines of the fifth ASEAN and Dialogue Partners Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM-Plus) in Singapore on Saturday.
Shoigu and Mattis met before the beginning of the summit. The two high-rank military officials shook hands.
During their conversation, the Pentagon chief expressed his condolences over the deadly attack on a Kerch college in Crimea to Shoigu. Mattis noted that similar situations happened in the United States, so US nationals understood the feelings of Russians.
Before the ADMM-Plus session, Shoigu also had conversations with his counterparts from China, India and other countries. Moreover, Shoigu and Mattis stood next to each other during the official photo shoot at the opening of the summit.