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Russia and US agreed how to avoid air incidents over Syria

Russia and the US signed an agreement, which will help to avoid dangerous approaches between their aircrafts in Syrian air space
Russia carried out 71 sorties and conducted 118 air strikes in Syria

Russia and the US agreed a plan, kept in secret, on how to avoid unexpected approaches between their aircrafts in Syrian air space, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to BBC.

 Russia has been conducting airstrikes in Syria since September 30, 2015, targeting ISIS military equipment, communications centers, vehicles and ammunition.

On October 7 two U.S. military aircraft had to change flight course over Syria to ensure they could stay in a safe distance from a Russian fighter aircraft, Captain Jeff Davis, Pentagon spokesman said. It happened for the first time since Russia had conducted military air strikes at ISIS positions in Syria.

Last week, the US said both countries’ planes “entered the same battle space” and came within miles of each other. Officials had been seeking an agreement since late September.

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the text of the deal would remain secret, but that it laid out means for both sides to communicate and establish a hotline on the ground.

The two countries would not, however, share intelligence on their targets, he said.

Mr Cook also said the deal ensured aircraft would stay a “safe” distance from each other, but he would not confirm if specific distances were agreed.