No US coordination with Russian forces in Syria
The U.S. Central Command said it is not in communication with the Russian military units that have been dispatched to Syria, amid increasing speculation over how the two militaries will stay out of each other’s way in the theater of operations.
“Coalition forces are focused on conducting counter-ISIS operations, and so to my knowledge there is no military-to-military contact at this point,” said Air Force Col. Pat Ryder, spokesman for CENTCOM.
“We’re keeping an eye on the Russian situation there, but right now again there’s really no deconfliction to do,” he said.
Hours earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said there was an increasing risk of “unintended incidents” if the two militaries do not cooperate in Syria.