Defense Ministry: armed forces of Russia and the UK will establish a communication to avoid incidents

Defense Ministry: armed forces of Russia and the UK will establish a communication to avoid incidents


MOSCOW, December 10. UK Ministry of defence is interested in establishing rapid communication between colleagues from Russia for the prevention of incidents at sea and in the air. About said on Thursday the head of the main Department for security policy and military operations, UK Ministry of defence, Peter Watkins at the meeting with the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of defense of the Russian Federation Anatoly Antonov in Moscow.

“Highlights the interest of the British side to establish the lines of “operational connection” between the relevant structures of the Russian armed forces and UK armed forces to prevent incidents at sea and in the airspace”, – stated in the message of the defense Ministry.

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In addition, “taking into account the UK’s decision to apply aviation in Syria Peter Watkins confirmed the intention of the British side to respect the “rules of conduct” provided by the Russian – American Memorandum of understanding on the prevention of incidents and to ensure safety during operations in the airspace of the Syrian Arab Republic from 20 October 2015″, the report says the defense Ministry.

Anatoly Antonov stressed that “international terrorism is a common threat, elimination of which is possible only through collective efforts of all interested States”. “They also reaffirmed their readiness to resume military cooperation suspended in 2014 on the initiative of the UK Ministry of defence, to the extent that ready in London”, – noted in the Russian defense Ministry.

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Watkins expressed his condolences in connection with destruction of a Russian military plane and deaths of Russian servicemen in Syria.

Deputy Minister of defence of the Russian Federation informed the British side about the actions of the Russian space forces in Syria and Russian approaches to the prevention of incidents and to ensure safety during carrying out operations in the airspace of that country.

The delegation of the military Department of great Britain invited to the 5-th Moscow conference on international security, which will be held April 26-28, 2016. The focus of the forum will be the problems of international terrorism. Also explanations on the format and timing of the forum “Army-2016” and “International army games in 2016”.

“The meeting was held in a constructive atmosphere”, – concluded the Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation.