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US-Russia Deconfliction Channel Active Ahead of Strikes Near Palmyra - Pentagon

Sputnik News

20:26 31.05.2017(updated 20:44 31.05.2017)

The deconfliction line for the US-Russia military operations in Syria was active before a Russian frigate and submarine launched Kalibr cruise missiles on Daesh targets near the city of Palmyra, US Department of Defense spokesperson Adrian Rankine-Galloway told Sputnik.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The frigate Admiral Essen and submarine Krasnodar conducted the cruise missile strikes, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

The strikes targeted militant hideouts east of Palmyra that housed heavy equipment and fighters transferred from Daesh's stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria.

'The deconfliction line was active ahead of the strike, and there was no danger to American forces," Rankine-Galloway said on Wednesday.

Russia said it notified the US, Turkey and Israel ahead of the missile strikes.

The United States and Russia signed the bilateral memorandum of understanding in October 2015 to ensure their flight safety during combat missions over Syria.


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