Israel, Russia Military Hotline 'Very Useful' to Avoid Incidents

© AP Photo / Gali TibbonIsraeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon (File)
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Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said that Russia and Israel have the kind of coordination to avoid misunderstanding and accidents.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The official line of military communication established between Israeli and Russian forces to avoid incidents in the Syrian war has proven helpful, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said on Monday.

"We do have this kind of coordination to avoid misunderstanding and accidents," Yaalon explained in a speech at the Wilson Center. He described the mechanism as "very useful."

Israel was one of the first countries to establish a military to military communication channel with Russia after Moscow announced its engagement in airstrikes in Syria this past September.

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Yaalon noted one incident in November when Israel intercepted a Russian jet which crossed into Israeli airspace from Syria.

"We had this hotline to tell Russian authorities that it was intercepted," he said, noting the communication channels helped resolve the issue.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated that Israel and Russia maintain some degree of coordination in Syria, as both countries have treated one another’s interests in the conflict-torn region with respect.

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