Russia Invites U.S. To A 'Tank Biathlon'

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TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY ELEONORE DERMY A World War II-era Red Army's T-34-85 tank rolls during a military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the Stalingrad Battle, in the city of Volgograd, formerly Stalingrad, on February 2, 2013. Russia marked today the 70th anniversary of a brutal battle in which the Red Army defeated Nazi forces and changed the course of World War II. The pulverised city was renamed Volgograd in 1961 after Soviet leaders admitted the extent of Stalin's tyranny during his decades in power.AFP PHOTO / MIKHAIL MORDASOV (Photo credit should read MIKHAIL MORDASOV/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY ELEONORE DERMY A World War II-era Red Army's T-34-85 tank rolls during a military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the Stalingrad Battle, in the city of Volgograd, formerly Stalingrad, on February 2, 2013. Russia marked today the 70th anniversary of a brutal battle in which the Red Army defeated Nazi forces and changed the course of World War II. The pulverised city was renamed Volgograd in 1961 after Soviet leaders admitted the extent of Stalin's tyranny during his decades in power.AFP PHOTO / MIKHAIL MORDASOV (Photo credit should read MIKHAIL MORDASOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia has invited the U.S. to participate in a tank biathlon so that both nations may learn to play nice -- with heavy artillery.

The invitation was apparently extended while Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with their Russian counterparts Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Shoigu in Washington on Friday. The "two-on-two" talks were intended to relieve some of the tension between the two countries, so the suggestion of a little friendly competition -- under fire -- wasn't out of place.

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