Russia says agrees with US to improve military coordination in Syria

Russia said on Sunday it had reached an agreement with the United States to improve coordination between their military operations in Syria, where they are backing opposing sides of a civil war and launching air strikes. Russia’s defence ministry said it was pushing Washington to help produce a shared map of the positions of fighting forces to avoid incidents, a day after Washington accused Moscow of attacking US-backed insurgents there. Moscow’s intervention on the side of President Bashar Assad, alongside Western backing for rebel groups opposing him, has raised fears of a wider international confrontation in the war. Russia’s defence ministry said military officials from both countries had agreed on the need to improve coordination during a video conference. There was no immediate confirmation from Washington.



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