The military of Russia and U.S. discussed security of flights over Syria


Representatives of the defense Ministry and the Pentagon on Thursday continued debate on the safety of flights over Syria. The next round of such talks was held in a videoconference format, according to a press release published on the website of the American defense Department.

As reported by Pentagon press Secretary Peter cook, U.S. and Russian military agreed to abide by the Memorandum on safety as long as they fulfil their task in Syria”. “The conversation was constructive and the parties agreed to continue discussions on security in this format in the future,” said cook.

On the American side the discussion was attended by the acting assistant head of the Pentagon’s international security Elyssa Slatkin and the Deputy Director of the joint chiefs of staff U.S. army strategic plans and policy General Stephen Shepro.

Russia and USA agreed on the rules of flights over Syria in late October last year. They govern the actions of all aircraft and drones in the airspace of the country and necessary to ensure safety. In particular, the defense Ministry said, according to the Memorandum, the aircraft will maintain a certain distance, to avoid dangerous approaches. The text of the document was not published at the initiative of the Russian side, was celebrated in the USA

This week the Pentagon stated that in recent times Russia’s role in Syria has become more constructive than previously. The Agency explained that Moscow has focused on the fight against “Islamic state” (banned in Russia). Before this, the us authorities have expressed concerns that Russian forces are helping the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in fighting the opposition. However, Moscow denied such information.