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U.S., Russian Military Talks To Resume Within Days


Russia and the United States are set to resume talks to avoid accidents in Syrian air space as the two countries conduct separate bombing campaigns, a U.S. official said October 9.

The Pentagon expressed alarm this week after Russia failed to quickly answer U.S. proposals offered during initial talks, even as it launched cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea and repeatedly violated Turkish air space.

But Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said Moscow has now filed an appropriate response. He said the next round of talks will take place as soon as this weekend.

Talks center around basic safety measures such as which language air crews should communicate in, and how much space planes should leave each other.

Russian planes recently flew near a U.S. drone, officials say, and the U.S. military, which has been bombarding Islamic State sites in Syria since last year, has had to reroute some flights to avoid any close calls.

Based on reporting by AFP, AP, and Reuters
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