The Pentagon opens hotline with Russia

The United States and Russia have set up a “deconflict” hotline to avoid misunderstandings that could trigger escalation, the Pentagon said.

US and Russian militaries have established a “deconline line” to prevent misunderstandings or accidents from escalating into a war between Moscow and , the Pentagon confirmed on Thursday.

“The United States still has a number of channels to discuss critical security issues with the Russians during a state of emergency or emergency,” a senior Defense Department official told reporters in a background briefing on Thursday. “The Ministry of Defense recently established a line of deconflict with the Russian Ministry of Defense on March 1 in order to prevent miscalculation, military incidents and escalation.”

The Pentagon is already using a similar communications channel with Moscow in , where Russia has conducted counter-terrorist operations at the invitation of since the end of 2015 – and sometimes crosses paths with US forces operating in the country without an international mandate.

The US European Command will be responsible for the US side of the hotline, the Pentagon official said. The news comes the day after – which is not a member of NATO – accused Russian aircraft of having strayed into its over the Islands in the Baltic .

Earlier this week, the Pentagon told reporters that they were trying to create a direct channel with the Russian military as more US and NATO troops moved toward the alliance’s eastern borders. The United States alone has sent thousands of troops to Poland, and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and in recent weeks.

While US President Joe Biden condemned the Russian “invasion” of Ukraine and imposed extensive economic and cultural sanctions that he said would “paralyze” Russia in the long run, the also insisted that there was no plan for US or NATO troops to fight inside Ukraine.



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