US, Russia hold talks regarding safe air operations in Syria

Pentagon says US, Russia held talks to discuss measures to take towards more secure aerial operations over Syria

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin walk into their meeting room at the United Nations General Assembly in New York September 28, 2015.

A Statement from the Pentagon Press Secretary, Peter Cook said officials from the Russian Ministry of Defence along with the US Department of Defence, held discussions aimed towards taking steps to ensure Russian and US-led anti-ISIS coalition aircrafts conduct secure and safe flight campaigns over Syrian territory.

The 90 minute-long meeting was conducted via secure video conference.

"The discussions were professional and focused narrowly on the implementation of specific safety procedures," the statement said.

"Progress was made during the talks, and the US agreed to another discussion with Russia in the near future."

The talks came a day after Cook said Pentagon is planning to discuss safety of air operations with Russia over the weekend.

US has been conducting air strikes over Syria against ISIS for more than a year.

Russia started its air strikes on Sept. 30, in support of Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad.

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