Collisions between the USA and Russia Can Happen Anywhere in the World

March 12, 2018

US-Russia relations have reached the "Cold War" level, and many experts believe that the situation is more dangerous than prior to the 1962 Caribbean Crisis. At that time, USSR and USA realised that they had reached a point, when they were facing a high probability of not simply mutual destruction, but the destruction of the entire world, after which they started negotiating.

The events in Syria can become another crisis of the new time, but collisions between the US and Russia can happen anywhere in the world. Syria is one of the regions with an extremely high probability of an accidental unplanned collision between the US and Russia. But this is not the only place, as numerous occasions of marine vessels and aircraft coming precariously close together are taking place, all of which can end in a major incident at one point due to a mistake of one or two men anywhere in the world.

Oleksiy Melnyk

Co-Director, Foreign Relations and International Security Programmes, Coordinator of International Projects

Born in 1962 in Khmelnytsty Rgn


Royal College of Defence Studies, London, UK (2007)

Air Field Operations Officer School, Biloxy, MS, US (2001)

Squadron Officer School, Montgomery, AL, US (1994)

Defence Language Institute, San Antonio, TX, US (1994)

Chernihiv Higher Military Air Force Academy, Ukraine (1984)


1980 – 2001 — Air Force Active Service (Cadet, Instructor Pilot, Flight Commander, Squadron Commander, Deputy Air Force Base Commander, Participant of two UN peacekeeping operations, Lt.Colonel (Ret)

2001 – 2004 — Razumkov Centre

2004 – 2005 — State Company Ukroboronservice

2005 – 2008 — Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, Head Organisational and Analytical Division — First Assistant to Minister of Defence

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