U.S., Russia Sign Memorandum to Avoid Clashes in Syrian Airspace

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A Russian jet approaches to land at Kubinka Air Base outside Moscow. October 15, 2015Credit: AP

REUTERS - U.S. and Russian military officials signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday that includes steps their pilots should take to avoid an inadvertent clash over Syria as they carry out separate air strikes against militant groups, the Pentagon said. 

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the full text of the memo would not be released at Russia's request, but it included specific protocols for air crews to follow plus the creation of a ground communications link between the two sides in the event air communications fail. 

Cook said the memo calls for aircraft to maintain a safe distance, but he declined to be more specific about whether the protocols included specific distances. 

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