29 Feb '16, 8pm

US defense officials and Russian counterparts discuss flight safety over Syria.

WASHINGTON, February 29, 2016 — The Defense Department today held a video conference between senior DoD officials and their Russian counterparts to discuss ongoing implementation of the U.S.-Russia memorandum of understanding on flight safety over Syrian airspace, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement. Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Elissa Slotkin and Joint Staff Director for Strategic Plans and Policy Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. co-chaired the call, he said. The two sides discussed measures to enhance operational safety for coalition and Russian military forces in the fight to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria, Cook said, “including the means to avoid accidents and unintended confrontation between coalition and Russian forces whenever the two sides operate in close proxim...

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