The reason behind Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford and Chief of the General Staff of Russia's Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov choosing Baku as the location of their meeting has become clear.
According to The New York Times, arranging the meeting has not been easy. The paper wrote, referring to US military officials, that the Russians suggested General Dunford come to either Moscow or to Belarus, while the Pentagon preferred a location in Western Europe.
“That, however, was complicated by the fact that the European Union imposed a travel ban on General Gerasimov for his role in orchestrating the Russian military intervention in Ukraine. Eventually Baku was selected as a neutral location,” the paper wrote.
It should be noted that this is the first meeting between Dunford and Gerasimov, who had only had a phone talk before.