Russia, US sign ‘open skies’ agreement over Syria

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Russia and the USA have signed an agreement regulating the operations of their air forces in Syria. It should prvent incidents and provide for the smooth operation of the two nations’ aircraft. 

Russia, US sign 'open skies' agreement over Syria

A Russian Su-24 strike aircraft in the sky over the Khmeimim airbase in Syria. Photo: Dmitriy Vinogradov / RIA Novosti

The agreement named “The Memorandum of Mutual Understanding between the Defense Ministries of Russia and the United States on preventing incidents and providing for aviation flights during operations in Syria” is a ‘positive step’, the Russian Defense Ministry stated in a press release.

The agreement regulates the actions of manned and unmanned aircraft in the airspace above Syria. The document contains a set of rules and limitations to prevent incidents between the air forces of Russia and the US.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, its US counterparts have pledged to convey the agreement’s details to their anti-ISIS coalition partners. They will also follow these rules.

The signing of this agreement “shows a high potential for cooperation between Russia and the US, including in the fight against terrorism”.

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