Kremlin: Russia And U.S. Are Developing New Agreement To Coordinate Air Operations in Syria

aewThe Russian Defense Ministry and Pentagon are developing a new agreement to coordinate military flights in Syria, according to Russia’s Defense Ministry and reported today by Russian news agencies TASS and RT.

“The Russian Defense Ministry has responded to the Pentagon’s request and promptly considered the American proposal on coordination of actions in the framework of the fight against the terror group ISIS,” said Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov in TASS.

“The Americans have handed us a document, which we are working on. The general staff supports the document in principle,” said Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov.

“To our regret, the Americans are for now saying that our cooperation should be limited to technical questions concerning our pilots when they carry our their missions,” Antonov added.

Antonov explained that a video conference between U.S. and Russian Defense Ministries occurred on October 1st and a second one is planned in the next few days.

Antonov said that he hopes during the second video conference the Pentagon will comment on Russia’s proposals.

Beginning on September 30th Russian launched airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria and other “terrorist” groups that are opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Some of the “terrorist” groups that Russia targeted last week includes moderate insurgent groups that have received training and support by the United States and Gulf Arab states.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said yesterday that Russian warplanes flew about 20 sorties and were delivered at twelve targets of the Islamic State logistics infrastructure, control centers and training bases, according to Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov.

The United States is leading a large international coalition against ISIS targets in Syria through air force attacks.

Russia is not a coalition partner and recent Russian air attacks since September 30th have not been coordinated with the United States thus far but that is about to change.

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