Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford will meet today with his Russian counterpart, General Valery Gerasimov, to discuss U.S.-Russian military relations at a time of seemingly heightened tensions.

The meeting between the two military leaders will be the first face-to-face meeting of its kind since the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014.

With allegations of Russian interference in everything from the 2016 presidential election, to accusations of possible collusion from National Security Advisor Michael Flynn with Russian politicians, to sudden interest in a routine Russian navy patrol off the coast of Connecticut, it’s starting to smell like a reboot of the Red Scare.

But with U.S. and Russian warplanes sharing airspace above Syria as they prosecute targets, and special operations forces operating in close proximity to one another on the ground, direct contact and some level of cooperation with the Russians approaches inevitability as the Syrian Civil War progresses.