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Saudi Arabia: 'We continue to deconflict' but 'not coordinate' with the Russians - Mattis01:51

Saudi Arabia: 'We continue to deconflict' but 'not coordinate' with the Russians - Mattis

Saudi Arabia, Riyadh
April 19, 2017 at 02:20 GMT +00:00 · Published

US Secretary of Defence James Mattis stated that the United States will "continue to deconflict with the Russians for safety of flight" but added however that "we are not coordinating with the Russians" on a flight heading to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

"We are deconflicting with the Russians, we continue to deconflict with the Russians for safety of flight, to avoid any kind of misunderstanding or any kind of inadvertent running into each other, frankly, in the air, as we both work against targets in the same vicinity," stated Mattis.

The US Secretary of Defence continued, "we will continue to deconflict, we are not coordinating with the Russians, we are not coordinating our attacks with them and integrating them with them, it is a deconfliction effort that we have underway there."

Mattis also mentioned the Saudi Arabia-led bombing campaign against Yemen, stating that the conflict "has simply got to be brought to an end," adding that "we will work with our allies, with our partners, to try and get it to the UN-brokered negotiating table."

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US Secretary of Defence James Mattis stated that the United States will "continue to deconflict with the Russians for safety of flight" but added however that "we are not coordinating with the Russians" on a flight heading to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

"We are deconflicting with the Russians, we continue to deconflict with the Russians for safety of flight, to avoid any kind of misunderstanding or any kind of inadvertent running into each other, frankly, in the air, as we both work against targets in the same vicinity," stated Mattis.

The US Secretary of Defence continued, "we will continue to deconflict, we are not coordinating with the Russians, we are not coordinating our attacks with them and integrating them with them, it is a deconfliction effort that we have underway there."

Mattis also mentioned the Saudi Arabia-led bombing campaign against Yemen, stating that the conflict "has simply got to be brought to an end," adding that "we will work with our allies, with our partners, to try and get it to the UN-brokered negotiating table."

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