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US And Russia In Discussions Over Tensions

US And Russia In Discussions Over Tensions

Later on Sunday evening, a Syrian Air Force plane, a Russian-made Su-22, dropped bombs near SDF fighters in Tabqah and, the coalition said, "in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defence of Coalition partnered forces, (the Syrian plane) was immediately shot down by a US F/A-18E Super Hornet".

It added that Russian warplanes were also operating in Syria's airspace at the moment of the attack, but the USA -led coalition didn't use the existing communication channels to warn the Russian military.

In the area where the Russian aerospace force is carrying out missions in Syrian airspace, the aircrafts, including worldwide coalition fighter jets, will be followed as targets by our Russian antiaircraft systems. The MINDEF provision warns about flights of the alliance aircrafts to the west of Euphrates River, which will be also considered combat targets, the mentioned agency said.

Russian Federation has suspended cooperation with USA counterparts within the Memorandum on the Prevention of Incidents and Ensuring Air Safety in Syria. While the USA has said since it began recruiting, training and advising what it calls moderate Syrian opposition forces to fight IS that it would protect them from potential Syrian government retribution, this was the first time it resorted to engaging in air-to-air combat to make good on that promise.

The Russian ministry said any aircraft operating west of the Euphrates River will now be regarded by the Russian air force as legitimate targets, which will either be shot down or escorted out of the area. 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.

A host of global parties are embroiled in the Syrian civil war to varying degrees, with Russian Federation and Iran aiding Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who receives further ground support from Lebanese Shia militia Hezbollah.




The ministry said in a statement on Monday that it was suspending the deal, while US-backed opposition forces on the ground warned Syrian government troops to stop their attacks or face retaliation. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Russian news agencies on Monday that the downing was akin to "helping the terrorists that the U.S. is fighting against".

"What is this, if not an act of aggression?" "That's why there's no threat of direct confrontation between Russian Federation and American aircraft".

Government forces and their allies are working in eastern areas, and have clashed with the USA and their partners as they carry out operations.

Syrian government forces have also been attacking IS in northern, central and southern parts of the country, seizing 25,000 square kilometers (9,600 square miles) and reaching the Iraqi border for the first time in years.

For several months the coalition has been backing SDF forces in a long-running attempt to capture the IS stronghold of Raqqa, where the group now holds four neighbourhoods. He said government forces began attacking the SDF on Saturday, using warplanes, artillery and tanks in areas that SDF had liberated from IS.

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