US, Russia hold secured video conference to promote safe anti-ISIL airstrikes in Syria

United States Defense officials had a secured video conference with their counterparts in the Russian Ministry of Defense October 10, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a released statement. The video conference tackled ways how to promote safe flight operations in Syria between Russian fighter jets and US-led coalition.

“The talks focused on steps that can be taken by Russian and counter-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (counter-ISIL) coalition aircraft to promote safe flight operations over Syria,” the Pentagon official added.

“The discussions were professional and focused narrowly on the implementation of specific safety procedures. Progress was made during the talks, and the U.S. agreed to another discussion with Russia in the near future. The video conference lasted approximately 90 minutes,” Cook said.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has called, through Russia-1 TV, a united effort against terrorists after hearing the news regarding an attack in Ankara, Turkey killing at least 95 and injuring hundreds while people are gathering for a peace rally Saturday.

“It is necessary to unite efforts in the fight against this evil. What happened in Turkey – it certainly is an impudent terrorist attack, a terrorist crime with scores of victims. And of course it is an attempt to destabilize the situation in Turkey, a neighboring and friendly country for us,” Putin said over Russia-1 TV channel.