The Russian Defence Ministry has denied reports in US media that the line of communication with the US in Syria remains open.
A statement says that today a note was sent to the Pentagon from the Russian Defence Ministry through military-diplomatic channels, informing them of the termination of the “hotline” communication channels established by the 2015 memorandum. (BBC)
If you don’t talk, you can’t resolve problems.
If you don’t talk, you’re left with imagination (which the CIA have a lot of), anger (as seen in the UN), and an escalation of the situation usually in the form of retaliation.
Thus:- Russia has suspended a joint air safety agreement and deployed S-400 and S-300 anti-missile complexes for its military bases in Syria.
Whilst I don’t agree with trusting everyone, to anger the Russians this much so that they are now deploying anti missile screens in Syria, which the world (let alone the US) have no answer for, is pretty damn stupid.
After all those and other Russian systems can be configured to not only take out missiles but also the launch platforms. What would be the price of a US ship destroyed? WW3?