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.


 
 

 

Headlines – February 22, 2019

News White House: 200 US troops will remain in Syria – “A small peace-keeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria for a period of time,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.   Allies decline request to stay in Syria after US troops withdraw – As the deadline approaches for the withdrawal of U.S....
 
 

News Briefs – February 22, 2019

New legislation bans Russian soldiers from using smartphones Russian lawmakers have approved a bill prohibiting military personnel from using smartphones on duty, a move intended to stop sensitive information from appearing on social media. The bill approved by the lower house Feb. 19 also forbids servicemen to post photos, videos and information about themselves, other...
 
 

Virgin Galactic reaches space for a second time

Virgin Galactic photograph SpaceShipTwo mates to the mother ship in preparation for the Feb. 22 test flight. In its fifth supersonic rocket powered test flight, Virgin Galactic reached space for the second time today in the ski...