Sure as hell looks like it. I never was too idealistic about this professional-to-professional comms as a method of sorting things out (albeit I count it to be essential), but for anyone who observed Mad Dog (really?) Mattis in the last several months, the conclusion that this USMC General is a real adult in the room must not be discounted. First, today, he states that he is enthusiastic about top dogs talking to each-other (in Russian). Now he says he is ready to meet Shoigu. What's going on? Wink, wink--it is Friday.
Oh, man, real deal Soul. (Yes, I know Marvin's tragic story).