Military Leaders To Meet, Flesh Out Air-Ground Deconfliction
EL AVIV — Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday praised bilateral efforts to prevent unintended clashes of their air forces operating in Syria and pledged to broaden so-called deconfliction measures to include forces operating from the ground as well.
Meeting in Paris less than a week after the Turkish Air Force downed a Russian fighter that had briefly entered Turkish airspace, Putin characterized measures first proposed by Netanyahu as efficient and noted that both leaders were “satisfied with the progress of bilateral” ties.
“The mechanism … [that] presupposes contacts between the militaries to prevent incidents due to the dramatic developments in the region has been efficient,” Putin told Netanyahu.
Referencing Ankara’s downing of the Russian fighter, Netanyahu told Putin, “The events of recent days prove the importance of our coordination, our deconfliction mechanisms, our attempts to cooperate with each other to prevent unnecessary accidents and tragedies, and I believe that we’ve been successful. It’s important.”
He added, “I hope that Israel and Russia can see eye to eye on all the strategic matter, but I want to assure you that we believe that it’s within our powers to have very good coordination on the ground and in the air so that we do not create the kind of problems that we’ve been experiencing.”
Netanyahu said he was “very satisfied by the fact that our militaries have been very careful to coordinate with one another and will continue to do so.”
After his meeting with Putin, Netanyahu announced that senior military officers from both countries would meet tomorrow to flesh out the nascent mechanisms endorsed by the two leaders Sept. 21 in Moscow.
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In a Nov. 29 interview with Israel Radio, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon revealed that the Israeli Air Force used the coordination mechanism to warn away a Russian fighter aircraft that had briefly violated