Russian diplomat condemns US for downing Syrian fighter jet

Pentagon US shoots down Syrian fighter jet
Pentagon US shoots down Syrian fighter jet
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20 June, 2017

The escalation comes a day after the United States shot down a Syrian air force jet.

The US-led coalition said the Syrian plane had dropped bombs on its allies fighting against the Islamic State group in the war-torn country.

Russian Federation will treat all US aircraft west of the Euphrates river in Syria as legitimate targets after a U.S. F/A-18 shot down a Syrian regime aircraft Sunday, striking anti-ISIS forces, Moscow announced Monday.

According to a statement from the Pentagon, pro-Syrian regime forces attacked the USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces-held town of Ja'Din, south of Tabqah in northern Syria, wounding a number of SDF fighters and driving the SDF from the town.

"What is this other than an act of aggression in violation of the norms of global law?"

Russian Federation first halted the deconfliction agreement in April after the U.S. carried out air strikes on Syrian targets.

The US-led Operation Inherent Resolve, as it is called, said on Sunday that its aircraft first conducted a show of force in support of fighters of the rebel Syrian Democratic Force (SDF), which had come under attack from Syrian government forces earlier in the day in Ja'Din town, south of Tabqah.

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Moscow is terminating its communication channel with the United States under a memorandum for preventing incidents in Syria's skies, as a effect for the USA downing a Syrian Su-22 plane, Russia's Defense Ministry reported on Monday.

Before it downed the plane, the coalition had "contacted its Russian counterparts by telephone via an established "de-confliction line" to de-escalate the situation and stop the firing".

Russian Federation has suspended cooperation with USA counterparts within the Memorandum on the Prevention of Incidents and Ensuring Air Safety in Syria.

The US statement said that coalition aircraft stopped a "pro-regime advance" toward an "SDF-controlled town". The U.S. anti-ISIS mission noted that it repeatedly warned pro-Syrian regime forces over the now cut deconfliction channel.

The Dutch government is sending a military refueling plane to Kuwait to assist the USA -led coalition carrying out airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

"This strike can be regarded as another act of defiance of global law by the United States", Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Monday, according to Russia's state-run news agency Tass.

Russia, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al Assad, has been providing air cover to the government's offensive since 2015.


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