Veterans

October 21, 2015
 

US, Russia sign memorandum on air safety in Syria

Lisa Ferdinando
DOD News

Senior U.S. and Russian defense officials signed a memorandum of understanding Oct. 20 on air safety in Syria, the Pentagon’s press secretary said.
The MOU is aimed at minimizing the risk of in-flight incidents among coalition and Russian aircraft operating in Syrian airspace, Peter Cook said at a Pentagon’s news conference.
The MOU went into effect with the signing, he said.
Cook said the MOU includes specific safety protocols for aircrews to follow, including maintaining professional airmanship at all times, the use of specific communication frequencies and the establishment of a communication line on the ground.
The U.S. and Russia will form a working group to discuss any implementation issues that follow, he added.
The MOU does not establish zones of cooperation, intelligence sharing or any sharing of target information in Syria, Cook said.
“The discussions through which this MOU was developed do not constitute U.S. cooperation or support for Russia’s policy or actions in Syria,” he said. “We continue to believe that Russia’s strategy in Syria is counterproductive and their support for the Assad regime will only make Syria’s civil war worse.”
The U.S., Cook said, will continue to focus on advancing its interests in Syria, which include fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and supporting a moderate opposition. The moderate opposition is essential for a political resolution in Syria, he said.
The U.S. will continue to be the “single largest donor in addressing the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria and beyond its borders,” he said.
Cook said that unlike Russia, the U.S. is supported by a coalition of 65 partners in its efforts.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

News Briefs – December 14, 2018

Lockheed Martin to provide LA with clean drinking water Lockheed Martin has agreed to supply 1.5 billion gallons of clean drinking water a year to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power under a deal involving its cleanup of a contaminated groundwater site. The DWP announced the agreement Dec. 12. Lockheed Martin has been...
 
 
Virgin Galactic photograph

Richard Branson welcomes astronauts home from Virgin Galactic’s first spaceflight

Virgin Galactic photograph VSS Unity takes to the skies for her first space flight. History was made and a long-anticipated dream realized in Mojave, Calif., Dec. 13 as Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, landed from h...
 
 
Northrop Grumman photograph

Northrop Grumman expands Arizona operations

Northrop Grumman photograph Lisa Brown (center) Northrop Grumman vice president and Mesa site operations lead, cuts the ribbon to officially open the company’s new facility. The 36,000 square foot building combines production...