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US, Russian jets hold joint training flights in Syria

Test to 'validate the safety protocols' in recently signed agreement, Pentagon tells Anadolu Agency

03.11.2015
US, Russian jets hold joint training flights in Syria

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U.S. and Russian fighter jets conducted a joint training exercise above Syria on Tuesday, according to an American defense official.  

"The purpose of the test was to validate the safety protocols established the memorandum of understanding," a Pentagon official told Anadolu Agency, referring to a recent agreement signed between the two countries.

"The test was conducted in the skies of south central Syria and lasted about 3 minutes," said the official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "This test was a prudent measure solely to ensure that, in the event coalition aircraft encounter a Russian aircraft during operations in Syria, one of the established and agreed upon modes of communication in the agreement functioned."

Russian and U.S. defense officials held a series of talks on air safety in the war-torn country after the Moscow intervened in Syria and launched airstrikes against opposition targets in late September. 

Washington and Moscow last month signed the agreement on de-confliction. 

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