“Hot line” between the U.S. military and Russia continues to work

“Hot line” between the U.S. military and Russia continues to work


«Горячая линия» между военными США и России продолжает работать

According to Reuters, every day on this line of communication takes place 10-12 conversations, which helps the separation of forces in Syria, supported by Moscow and Washington

Despite the existing tensions in relations between the US and Russia, there is one unexpected place where the military of the two countries continue inconspicuous contacts is Syria.

In the four months that had passed since the order of the President of the United States Donald trump to launch a missile attack on the airfield in Syria, American and Russian military were regularly in touch with each other. The representatives of the United States told Reuters.

Thanks to some contacts, it is possible to draw a line on the map separating the forces supported by the US and Russia who are waging a parallel campaign on a narrowing field of operations.

There is also a telephone “hot line” linking the control centres aircraft are former adversaries in the cold war. US officials told Reuters that a day occurs approximately 10-12 calls a “hot line”.

Contacts contribute to the maintenance of the distance between the American and Russian military aircraft in support of various groups of fighters on the ground.

This is no easy task, considering the complexity of the civil war in Syria.

At the station “hotline” of the U.S. air force, located in the Area of control of joint air operations in Qatar, work linguist, native Russian language, which is a link in conversations with the Russian commanders.

Despite the complexity of the conversations, contacts between the parties are sustainable, according to a senior American commanders.

“In fact, we managed to solve some very complex problems, but in General, we found a way to maintain the line separating the area of operations of the USA and Russia, and to continue our mission,” said commander of US air forces in the middle East, Lieutenant General Jeffrey Harrigan.

While both sides are trying to capture the remaining forces of the “Islamic state”, the risk of accidental collisions increases.

“We have to negotiate, and sometimes phone conversations are tense. Because in our case we are talking about protecting us, our coalition partners and the destruction of the enemy,” said Harrigan, who refused to comment on the number and duration of calls.