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US and Moscow in Delicate Talks on Syria Tensions

The top US military officer said Monday that Washington and Moscow are in delicate discussions to tamp down tensions arising from the US shootdown of a Syrian fighter jet, which the Russians called a violation of a US-Russian understanding on avoiding air incidents.

 

In an appearance at the National Press Club, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, suggested that broader US and Russian interests will enable to the two sides to avoid direct hostilities in Syria.

 

"The worst thing any of us could do right now is address this with hyperbole," Dunford said.