US, Russian military chiefs meet in Finland

HELSINKI, Finland (AP) -- U.S. and Russian military leaders have been holding talks in Finland.

The summit is the highest-level military meeting between the two nations since Russia's war with U.S. ally Georgia.

Officials say the topics of discussion are Afghanistan, the Black Sea region and Georgia.

A U.S. embassy spokeswoman says the meeting was unannounced to keep it from being "high-profile." Participants included Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his Russian counterpart, Gen. Nikolai Makarov.

A Pentagon spokesman says Mullen reported that the talks were productive and "businesslike."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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