Russian diplomat condemns United States for downing Syrian fighter jet

Barsaba Taglieri
Giugno 20, 2017

"In accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defence of coalition-partnered forces, (the Syrian jet) was immediately shot down by a US F/A-18E Super Hornet", it said. Syria attacks America's allies against Islamic State militants.

The escalation comes after the USA shot down a Syrian jet that had been dropping bombs near US-backed fighter jets.

The US has long said that it would protect what it calls moderate Syrian opposition forces, but this is the first time it resorted to engaging in air-to-air combat to make good on that promise.

In the area where the Russian aerospace force is carrying out missions in Syrian airspace, the aircrafts, including global coalition fighter jets, will be followed as targets by our Russian antiaircraft systems.

He described the incident as an act of aggression. Tom Shannon, the State Department No. 3, will meet Sergei Ryabkov, Russia's deputy foreign minister.

The United States moved quickly to contain an escalation, with a top general saying Washington would work to relaunch the "deconfliction" hotline with Russian Federation that was established in 2015.

Areas of northern Syria west of the Euphrates were controlled by IS before Syrian government forces captured a lot of them in recent months. It has previously claimed it would do so following the us missile strike on a Syrian air field in April as retaliation for a chemical weapons attack by the Assad government.

The US military is prohibited by law from coordinating directly with the Russian military, but given the increased pace and scale of military operations in Syria, the US and Russia have sought ways to ensure that their respective personnel are not targeted by mistake, setting up a series of so-called "de-confliction zones" that delineate areas of operation for the coalition and the Russian forces. On June 8, US officials reported that a drone likely connected to Iranian-supported Hezbollah forces fired on USA -backed troops and was shot down by an American fighter jet.

"The demonstrated hostile intent and actions of pro-regime forces toward coalition and partner forces in Syria conducting legitimate counter-ISIS operations will not be tolerated", it said.

Russian Federation says it will now treat all US -led coalition planes in the air over Syria, west of the Euphrates, as targets after an American fighter jet for the first time in the six-year conflict shot down a Syrian military plane. "This, if you like, is help for the terrorists that the United States are fighting under what they call their anti-terrorism policy".

The Syrian jet was shot down yesterday evening after regime forces engaged the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters battling IS, near Raqa.

There are fears Canadian military aircraft operating over Syria could be caught in the middle of a new and potentially explosive dispute between the USA and Russian Federation.

Tensions between the US and Russian Federation over Syria are not new, but have so far been peacefully managed.

Government forces have also been attacking IS in northern, central and southern Syria, seizing 25,000 square kilometres (9,600 square miles) and reaching the Iraqi border for the first time in years.

It said that several hours earlier, regime forces had attacked the SDF in another town near Tabqa, wounding several and driving the SDF from the town.

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