'US, Russia reached deal to avoid clashes in Syria airspace'
Iran Press TV
Sat Oct 17, 2015 1:37PM
The United States and Russia have reached an agreement on aerial operations in Syria in an effort to avoid inadvertent midair confrontation in the country's airspace, as significant issues still remain unresolved.
Russian military sources announced Friday that US and Russian militaries would "sign documents on safety in the sky of Syria soon."
'All technical matters have already been agreed upon, with Russian and US lawyers now cross checking the text of the document,' said Colonel-General Andrei Kartapolov, deputy head of the Russian Armed Forces' general staff.
US President Barack Obama, however, said on Friday that the two militaries had only reached an understanding on how to avoid confrontations in their separate airstrikes in Syria. He said larger issues remain unresolved.
"Where we will continue to differ is in the basic set of principles and strategies we are pursuing inside of Syria," Obama said during a White House news conference.
Last week, two American and two Russian aircraft 'entered the same battle space' in the Syrian airspace, getting within miles of each other, according to Steve Warren, spokesman for the US military taskforce in the region.
Military experts warned over the last few weeks that a major conflict could be triggered between the US and Russia as the Syrian airspace has become increasingly crowded.
Russia launched its air campaign against Daesh Takfiri terrorists on September 30. The US has also been carrying out its own airstrikes in Syria, allegedly pounding Daesh positions inside the country.
Kartapolov further criticized the US approach over Syria, saying the international community should not remain silent in the face of some countries trying to achieve their "selfish national objectivities" by supporting terrorist groups.
'We cannot turn a blind eye to the fact that individual countries help terrorist groups, counting on achieving their own selfish national objectives," he said.
The CIA began its covert operation in 2013 to arm, fund and train terrorists to overthrow the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
Observers say while the US and its allies claim they are fighting against terrorist groups like ISIL, they in fact helped create and train those organizations to affect their policies in the Middle East.
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