Russia and US ‘to Syria air safety talks
10 October 2015, Nirapad News: Russia has agreed to resume talks with the US on air safety during Syria bombing campaigns, says the Pentagon.
The talks “are likely to take place as soon as this weekend,” said press secretary Peter Cook.
There have been concerns that there could be an accidental clash as the two countries pursue separate bombing campaigns over Syria, reports BBC.
The US and its Nato allies have been alarmed at violations of Turkish air space by Russian jets.
The US and Russia conducted talks on air safety via video conference on 1 October, but US officials had complained that they had heard nothing from Moscow since then.
Earlier this week, Pentagon officials said they had had to carry out at least one “safe separation” manoeuvre to avoid a US jet coming too close to a Russian aircraft over Syria.
They said this happened after 1 October, without giving a specific date.
Talks are likely to deal with how much separation there should between US and Russian aircraft and which language and radio frequencies crews should use for communications.
Russia has also launched rocket strikes from warships in the Caspian Sea.
There have been concerns that Russia is targeting opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, rather than Islamic State positions.
US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter on Friday accused Russia of running “fundamentally flawed” operations in Syria which would “inflame the civil war and therefore extremism”.
But Moscow has denied claims that its week of strikes have mainly hit non-IS targets.