US, Russia sign memorandum on flights over Syria

2015-10-20 22:22

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Washington - The United States and Russia have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at minimising the risks of in-flight incidents on military flights over Syria, the Pentagon says.

The memorandum, which has taken effect, covers safety protocols for aircrews and the use of communication frequencies and communication lines on the ground, Defence Department spokesperson Peter Cook says. The memorandum does not set up zones of co-operation or sharing of intelligence and target information.

Cook says the agreement does not constitute US co-operation or support of Russia's actions in Syria.

The Pentagon still believes Russia's strategy is counter-productive, and Cook reiterates that the US approach involves a coalition of 65 partner countries.

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