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Russia, US working on joint document on Syrian strikes
October 7, 2015, 5:08 am

File photo of US Secretary of State John Kerry with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov [Xinhua]

File photo of US Secretary of State John Kerry with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov [Xinhua]

The Russian and US military have agreed in principle with the proposals on coordinating military flights, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

“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,” Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov was quoted by TASS news agency.

Moscow has said it is working on a “US document” of agreement.

“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 co-operation should be limited to technical questions concerning our pilots when they carry our their missions,” said Antonov.

The Russian Defence Ministry had earlier clarified that an SU-30 warplane had entered Turkish air space along the border with Syria “for a few seconds” on Saturday, a mistake caused by bad weather. Nato has rejected Russia’s explanation.

Russian Minister Antonov on Tuesday also referred to a video conference between the US and Russian defense ministries had taken place on October 1 to discuss the “safe use of air forces” in Syria. A second is planned within “the next few days”.

“But it would be better if our colleagues came to us and we discussed all the problems eye to eye here, at the Defense Ministry headquarters,” Antonov said.

The US and Russia are both bombarding Syrian territory to defeat terrorist forces, although their aerial campaigns are uncoordinated.

An intense wave of Russian air strikes hit the Syrian province of Hama and nearby areas in the neighboring province of Idlib on Wednesday, according to a conflict-monitor group that is sympathetic to the Syrian opposition.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there were also heavy surface-to-surface missile bombardments.

Moscow launched its military operation against Islamic State and other terrorist groups at the request of the Syrian government on September 30 and has already targeted a number of IS infrastructure units, hitting command centers, ammunition depots and explosive production sites, among others military facilities.


TBP and Agencies

2 Responses to Russia, US working on joint document on Syrian strikes

  1. wes Reply

    October 8, 2015 at 2:00 am

    What this really means is that the US wants intel on where and when the russians will strike. Why you ask?
    Good question ; as most of us are aware, the Russians have accomplished in less than a week what the West failed to do in a year against ISIL.
    This leads one to suspect that the West has special interest in the service of ISIL, and that a short term obliteration of the terrorist regime would put the West’s middle eastern agenda at risk.
    A joint effort with the Russians would disclose proposed targets, and of course allow the US led NATO forces to warn ISIL against pending airstrikes.

    Just a guess though!! 🙂

  2. ipman7 Reply

    October 8, 2015 at 2:17 am

    Russia has to answer to no one. Why America now want to play the peace maker? Russia your air strikes for the past week are very effective and had change the game is Syria. America has shown the world how corrupt and manipulative they can be,the truth will come to light. America have not FIGHT the war on terror but have FUNDED it. Your CIA group have sponsored and trained terror groups. Russia have destroyed all America and the West efforts and you dare not fight or oppose Russia. Russia my hats off to you and your nation. Continue moving Forward and Upwards and God will continued to bless your nation. Unite the BRICS and all other Nations will Respect and Follow you. Your are a people that always ACT whilst the America and West REACTS. America Feeble minds fester corruption and wishful thinking. Russia’s strong minds have order and purpose and if given the chance will have good solution to world problems.

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