Russia Says Deal Reached With U.S. to Avoid Air Clashes in Syria

Russia and the U.S. are preparing to sign an agreement on avoiding clashes in the skies over Syria as their air forces conduct bombing raids in the Middle Eastern country, a top Russian military official said.

“All the technical details have been already agreed and now Russian and U.S. lawyers are checking the text of the document,” General Andrei Kartapolov said, according to a statement on the Defense Ministry’s website on Friday. “We expect this document to be signed very soon.”

Russia said two days ago that one of its warplanes on a bombing raid in Syria approached a U.S. jet on Oct. 10, highlighting the risks of a confrontation between the former Cold War foes as they engage in separate campaigns of air strikes against Islamic State and other militant groups.

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