“Both sets of aircraft moved away and there was no incident,” said U.S.-led coalition spokesman Col. Steve Warren. “But it is dangerous… It’s dangerous if two sets of aircraft come into the same piece of airspace without clearly laid out protocol for safety of all involved.” (CNN, 14 October)
So far, senior Pentagon officials have conducted two rounds of talks with the Russians to avoid accidents in air in Syria, but no agreement has yet been reached. They will hold a third round of talks today, the Pentagon said.
UPDATE: The U.S. and Russian militaries are finalizing a memorandum of understanding that sets out basic air safety procedures in the skies above Syria, Reuters reported on Wednesday.
Photo credit: Russian aircraft (Norwegian Armed Forces/CNN)