Russia, US to Hold Talks on Coordinating Airstrikes in Syria
Russia and the US will hold talks "as soon as possible" in order to avoid clashing in Syria after Moscow launched airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) targets on Wednesday.
This became clear after a meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US State Secretary John Kerry.
Lavrov pointed to the need to establish channels of communication in order to avoid unintended incidents, while Kerry said that such talks will take place possibly on Thursday, the BBC informs informs.
According to Russian defence officials, their aircraft conducted about twenty missions against IS after the Russian Federation Council had authorised the use of military force in Syria earlier on Wednesday.
However the US has expressed concern that the targets are not only IS, but also other opponents of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is backed by Russia.
NATO stated that there has been little coordination between Russian and the US-led coalition against IS, while the US said that it was informed of the Russian airstrikes only an hour before being launched.
The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal report that rebels supported by the US have been targeted by the Russian airstrikes.
The Russian defence ministry assured that the country's air forces had targeted IS military equipment, communication centers, motor vehicles, arms depots, ammunition and fuel supplies without affecting any civilian infrastructure or areas
Activists of the Syrian opposition claim that Russian airstrikes hit towns, such as Zafaraneh, Rastan and Talbiseh, which are in areas not controlled by the IS.
According to them, this has resulted in the death of 36 civilians including children.
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