russia suspended it, not abolished it, once before, when pindostan blitzed a syrian army outpost

Pindostan working to relaunch military hotline with Russia
AFP, Jun 19 2017

FASCHINGSTEIN — Pindostan wants to re-establish a military hotline that Russia said it had severed after a Pindosi jet shot down a Syrian air force plane, JCoS Dunford said Monday. The so-called “deconfliction” line has been a vital tool in protecting both sides’ forces as they conduct separate campaigns in Syria’s crowded battlespace. Dunford said:

We will work diplomatically and militarily in the coming hours to re-establish deconfliction.

Dunford clained that the deconfliction hotline had remained in use “over the last few hours.” Pentagon spox Maj A Rankine-Galloway said:

We have taken prudent measures to re-position aircraft over Syria so as to continue targeting Daesh forces, while ensuring the safety of our aircrew, given known threats in the battlespace.

Sean Spicer said:

We are going to do what we can to protect our interests, and we will keep an open line of communication with the Russians.

Moscow has previously threatened to scrap the deconfliction line, after the Apr 7 cruise missile strike on a Syrian govt airbase. Albeit imperfect, the line has been a lifesaving tool since it was set up soon after Russia entered Syria’s civil war in late 2015. The hotline was established between CENTCOM at al-Udeid in Qatar and the Russian airbase at Khmeimim in Syria. If Moscow does indeed abandon the hotline, it could dramatically raise the risk to pilots and ground forces on all sides.

Pindostan repositioning aircraft over Syria as tensions rise
Reuter, Jun 19 2017

CENTCOM said on Monday it was repositioning its aircraft over Syria to ensure the safety of Pindo air crews targeting Daesh, as tensions escalate following the Pindosi downing of a Syrian military jet on Sunday. CENTCOM spox Lt-Col D Pickart said:

As a result of recent encounters involving pro-Syrian Regime and Russian forces the Syrian Air Force, we have taken prudent measures to re-position aircraft over Syria so as to continue targeting Daesh forces while ensuring the safety of our aircrew given known threats in the battlespace.

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