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Russia and the United States agree to fully resume Syria agreement for preventing mid-air incidents

May 7, 2017

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  • Russian and U.S. chiefs of general staff agreed to resume the implementation of a joint memorandum on preventing mid-air incidents over Syria
  • Discussed in a phone call the Syria de-escalation zones and agreed to continue working on additional measures aimed to avoid clashes in Syria
  • The aircraft safety memorandum was signed in October 2015 after Russia began bombing targets in Syria 

Russia and the United States have found common ground over Syria.

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The Russian and U.S. chiefs of general staff agreed on Saturday to fully resume the implementation of a joint memorandum on preventing mid-air incidents over Syria, Russian news agencies quoted the Russian Defense Ministry as saying.

Russian General Valery Gerasimov and General Joseph Dunford of the United States discussed in a phone call the Syria de-escalation zones and agreed to continue working on additional measures aimed to avoid clashes in Syria.

Russian and U.S. chiefs of general staff agreed on Saturday to fully resume the implementation of a joint memorandum on preventing mid-air incidents over Syria, Russian news agencies quoted the Russian Defence Ministry as saying.

Russian and U.S. chiefs of general staff agreed on Saturday to fully resume the implementation of a joint memorandum on preventing mid-air incidents over Syria, Russian news agencies quoted the Russian Defence Ministry as saying.

The aircraft safety memorandum was signed in October 2015 after Russia began bombing targets in Syria to support Syrian government forces in their fight against Islamic State and other armed groups.

In Washington, a Pentagon spokesman said in a statement that Dunford and Gerasimov ‘talked about the recent Astana agreement and affirmed their commitment to de-conflicting operations in Syria. Both also agreed to maintain regular contact.’

An agreement reached at peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, and backed by Russia, Iran and Turkey, calls for ‘de-escalation zones’ in major areas of conflict between Syrian government forces and rebel groups.

The aircraft safety memorandum was signed in October 2015 after Russia began bombing targets in Syria to support Syrian government forces in their fight against Islamic State and other armed groups

The aircraft safety memorandum was signed in October 2015 after Russia began bombing targets in Syria to support Syrian government forces in their fight against Islamic State and other armed groups

This news comes right after US-led coalition warplanes were barred from flying over four ‘safe zones’ in Syria from Saturday as part of a Russian plan to reduce the violence there.

Sergei Rudskoi, a Russia military leader, said four ‘de-escalation’ zones in rebel held territory in Idlib, Homs, a suburb of Damascus and between Daraa and Quneitra provinces will be established under a pact that comes into force from tomorrow.

As a sign of intent, he said Russia warplanes had already stopped bombing the areas in an armistice which he claimed started on May 1.

The Russian plan was signed by Iran and Turkey on Thursday and is backed by the UN. Moscow said that it was talking to ‘Jordan and a number of other countries’ to sign up as backers of the initiative.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4481346/Russia-agree-prevent-mid-air-incidents-Syria.html#ixzz4gOmahb4R
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