1-800-****-ISIS: Russia Announces Syria ‘Hotline’ with Israel
Russia’s defense ministry said Thursday that its forces in Syria had set up a “hotline” with Israel’s military to avoid clashes in the sky over the war-torn country.
“Mutual information-sharing on the actions of aircraft has been established through a hotline between the Russian aviation command center at the Hmeimim air base and a command post of the Israeli air force,” ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov was quoted as saying by Interfaxnews agency.
The spokesman added that the two sides were undergoing training on how to cooperate.
Russia has deployed a huge military presence in Syria over the last two weeks, to prop up the regime of Bashar al-Assad with a campaign of airstrikes it claims targets Islamic State (ISIS), but which Western officials have revealed is in fact almost exclusively focused on anti-Assad rebels, including those backed by the West.
An American defense official on Wednesday said the US and Russia arenearing a pact on safety protocols
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