The United States and Russia have set up a communications channel where both sides can report any possible activities in close proximity to each other to avoid possible miscalculations near Ukraine.
“The Defense Department recently established a course of confrontation with the Russian Ministry of Defense on March 1 for the purpose of preventing miscalculations, military incidents and escalation,” a senior U.S. defense official said in a statement. “The United States has several channels to discuss important security issues with the Russians in the event of an accident or emergency.”
Communication tax is basically the exchange of telephone numbers between two parties for quick access. The U.S. side is expected to leave the operational center of the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, while the Russian side is expected to coordinate with the Ministry of Defense in Moscow, a second senior defense official said.
The United States wants a communications channel, as US and Russian troops are now deploying Russian forces in what is now known as the eastern part of Ukraine and Belarus.
The second official did not know which events would trigger the phone call specifically on both sides, but the overall idea was that we could “reduce the risk of miscalculation and possible misunderstanding” given the potential proximity of the forces. It was not immediately clear to what extent NATO aircraft would be included in the deal. It is also unclear whether US and Russian ships are included.
Air operations are of particular concern as Russian aircraft operate close to areas where US troops are stationed in Poland, Romania and the Baltic, and encounters can occur at high speeds and relatively short distances.
The establishment of this agreement is particularly noteworthy because Pentagon officials have stated that they had no direct contact with Russian allies after the invasion.
Attempts to establish a communication path have been underway since the end of last month. US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke with Russian Secretary of Defense Sergei Shoigu on Feb. 18. The two talked a week ago. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Millie last spoke with Russian General Staff General Valery Gerasimo on 11 February.
America in particular is Rejected the no-fly zone On Ukraine, it said it would put American pilots in a war situation to implement such a plan. But the door to a possible air-to-human airstrip in the future has not been closed, and officials say the war will end, guaranteeing relief supplies to fly safely.
And then land: There has been a protocol for years of conflict between US and Russian forces in Syria. Although U.S. officials complained on several occasions that the Russians did not provide adequate advance warning of their activities, for the most part it worked. The United States has not provided detailed information to Russia, but recently informed them of when US aircraft will operate in northeastern Syria.
NBC News first announced the launch of the Deconfiction Channel.