Russia and Israel establish Syria ‘hotline’

The Russian coat of arms. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( The Russian military announced that it has established a “hotline” with Israel in order to avoid any inadvertent clashes in Syria.

In a statement, the Russian military said that “mutual information-sharing on the actions of aircraft has been established through a hotline between the Russian aviation command center at the Hmeimim air base and a command post of the Israeli Air Force.”

“The first stage of training was conducted yesterday on cooperation between Russian air forces and the Israeli air force to avoid dangerous incidents in the sky above the Syrian Arab Republic,” the statement added.

News of Israeli-Russia cooperation on Syria comes as Russia disclosed on Wednesday that one of its fighter jets had come within a few miles of a U.S. aircraft over Syria last weekend. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Moscow Sept. 21, shortly before Russia began its military campaign in Syria. After the meeting, Netanyahu announced the formation of a “joint mechanism” to coordinate activities in Syria. 

Russia began airstrikes in Syria on Sept. 30 against alleged Islamic State targets. But the U.S. has said that Russia has mainly been targeting other rebel groups fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. 

Posted on October 15, 2015 .