WSJ spoke about the complaints of US air force pilots Russian pilots in Syria


A large number of aircraft in the skies over Syria where military operations by Air and space forces of Russia and the United States air force lead to a large number of dangerous approaches and potential emergency situations, the newspaper the Wall Street Journal. The American military pilots accuse Russia in violation of flight rules, clarifies the issue.

“They rarely meet in the air, if at all, responsible. They rarely change course, if change at all. We shy away [from the collision]. We don’t know what they see and if you can see anything at all, we don’t want them crashed into one of us”, — said the publication of Brigadier General Charles Corcoran, commander, 380 expeditionary wing, US air force, itself involved in combat missions.

In addition, the American pilots said that the Russian military aircraft did not include identification signals “violating international protocols,” the newspaper writes.

Signed in October 2015, the security agreement when flying over Syria, the situation does not improve, the Russian planes continue dangerous to get close to us, according to the pilots.

According to the newspaper, high-ranking officials of the Pentagon insist on raising the level of communication and coordination between the armed forces of the two countries. The military also believe that one of the tasks of the elected President, Donald trump will be the increased level of cooperation with Moscow in the region.

In July 2016 after a video conference between representatives of the defense ministries of Russia and the USA, the Russian defense Ministry said that both sides noted the effectiveness of the Memorandum of understanding to ensure the safety of aviation in the course of operations in Syrian airspace.

The signing of the Memorandum, Deputy defense Minister of Russia Anatoly Antonov said on 20 October 2015, as the Pentagon confirmed this information. Document reglamentary action aircraft and drones in the airspace over Syria. According to the representative of the Ministry of defense Igor Konashenkov, in Syria in one area is often up to 30 aircraft. It “creates risks for aviation in the Syrian sky”, he said then.

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