Defense officials from the United States and Russia held a 90-minute video conference call on Saturday to discuss safe flight operations over Syria, according to the Pentagon.

“The discussions were professional and focused narrowly on the implementation of specific safety procedures,” the U.S. Department of Defense said in a statement released on Saturday.

“Progress was made during the talks, and the U.S. agreed to another discussion with Russia in the near future,” the statement added.

Russian air strikes hit 55 Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group targets in Syria in the past 24 hours, the defense ministry said Saturday, as Moscow ramps up its military campaign in the war-torn country.

“In 64 sorties in the past 24 hours, the Russian air force hit 55 ISIS targets in Syria,” the defense ministry said in a statement. 

The Russian military said the latest strikes — conducted in the provinces of Damascus, Aleppo, Hama, Raqa and Idlib — destroyed 29 training camps for “terrorists,” 23 defensive positions, two command centers and an ammunition depot. 

“In the initial stage of our operation, our aircraft destroyed the principal and largest logistical hubs of the ISIS terrorist group,” the statement said. 

“This has led to a significant reduction in the fighting potential of armed groups, and a reduction in their mobility and their capacity to launch offensives.”

Russia claimed that fighters are running out of arms, ammunition and fuel, leading them to become demoralized and leave their combat positions for the country’s east and northeast.

Source: Reuters 

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