Saturday, May 6, 2017
Russia And The U.S. Agree To Air Safety Measures Over The Skies Of Syria
Reuters: Russia says agrees with U.S. to implement Syria air agreement: agencies
The Russian and U.S. chiefs of general staff agreed on Saturday to fully resume the implementation of a joint memorandum on preventing mid-air incidents over Syria, Russian news agencies quoted the Russian Defence Ministry as saying.
Russian General Valery Gerasimov and General Joseph Dunford of the United States discussed in a phone call the Syria de-escalation zones and agreed to continue working on additional measures aimed to avoid clashes in Syria.
The aircraft safety memorandum was signed in October 2015 after Russia began bombing targets in Syria to support Syrian government forces in their fight against Islamic State and other armed groups.
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Update #1: Russia: Deal reached with US to prevent Syria mid-air collisions (The Hill)
Update #2: Russian & US top brass discuss plan for Syrian safe zones (RT)
Update #3: Russia, US confirm readiness to reinstate memorandum on air safety over Syria (TASS)
WNU Editor: I am sure the back-channels were/are also open to make sure that if something does go wrong .... it can be minimised and defused. At least that is what I hope is the case.