Pentagon, Russian defense officials discuss flight safety over Syria

WASHINGTON, Jan 28 (KUNA) — Defense Department officials on Thursday held a video conference with their Russian Ministry of Defense counterparts to discuss ongoing implementation of the US-Russia memorandum of understanding on flight safety over Syrian airspace, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook announced.
“The two sides discussed measures to enhance operational safety for counter-ISIL coalition and Russian military forces operating in Syria, including the means to avoid accidents and unintended confrontation between coalition and Russian forces whenever the two sides operate in close proximity,” the announcement said, referring to the so-called Islamic State (IS).
The talks follow video conferences between the Pentagon and Russian Ministry of Defense last October to discuss the safety of coalition air operations in Syria, Cook noted.
“The conversation was constructive, and the two sides agreed to continue safety discussions in this format in the future,” he said. (end) rm.rk