Russian Federation cuts communications with United States in Syria, threatens to target coalition jets
Jun 20, 2017, 00:58
The tensions between the two superpowers were strained once again with Sunday's downing of a regime fighter jet by USA -led coalition in Syria as Russian Federation said Monday it will treat US -led coalition planes in Syria, west of the Euphrates, as targets.
The Russian defense ministry says in a statement that, starting Monday, it will track all jets and drones of the USA -led coalition west of the Euphrates and treat them as targets.
The US military said that it shot down a warplane that had dropped bombs near Syrian Democratic Force (SDF) fighters.
A Syrian army statement released on Syrian state television said the plane crashed and the pilot was missing in the first such downing of a Syrian jet by the United States since the start of the conflict in 2011.
And it has demanded a full account of why the United States military shot down the Syrian SU-22.
"This strike can be regarded as another act of defiance of worldwide law by the United States", Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Monday, according to Russia's state-run news agency Tass.
RT is reporting that this came following the US-led coalition's downing of a Syrian regime's Su-22 warplane.
But while Moscow is a longstanding ally of President Bashar al Assad, US forces have been supporting groups including the Syrian Democratic Front, a coalition of Kurdish and Arab groups fighting against IS.
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