Russian Federation warns USA after downing of Syrian warplane

20 June, 2017, 00:51 | Author: Ora Austin
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The ministry accused the USA of failing to use a pre-established communication channel to warn Moscow of a strike downing the warplane, announcing it would drop the use of this channel.

USA officials say the aircraft had struck America's rebel allies. The U.S. also engaged a suspected Iranian drone June 8 in the first at the time U.S.

The Syrian army backed by Iranian-backed militias has also been in competition in southeastern Syria with US -backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels who are also trying to recapture territory from ISIS.

Russian Federation has threatened aircraft from the USA -led coalition in Syrian-controlled airspace and suspended a hotline meant to avoid collisions in retaliation for the US military shooting down a Syrian warplane.

This file frame grab from video provided by Nabaa Media, a Syrian opposition media outlet that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows smoke rising over buildings that were hit by Syrian government forces bombardment.

On June 18, a USA fighter jet from the global coalition shot down a Su-22 fighter of the Syrian Air Force using an air-to-air missile.

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The ministry added that any aircraft flying west of the Euphrates "will be tracked by the Russian ground and air anti-aircraft defense systems as air targets in the areas where Russian aviation is on combat missions in the Syrian sky".

The dispute over the Syrian attack on the USA -backed fighters and the American response came as Iran launched ballistic missiles at Islamic State strongholds in eastern Syria in retaliation for a pair of attacks by extremists in Tehran earlier this month that killed 17 people.

A few hours later, the Syrian SU-22 dropped bombs near SDF fighters and, "in collective self-defense of coalition-partnered forces", was immediately shot down by a U.S. F/A-18E Super Hornet, the Pentagon said.

The MINDEF also demands a thorough investigation into the shooting down yesterday of a Syrian Air Force SU-22 fighter jet over the northern province of Raqqa, without knowing the whereabouts of the pilot who was catapulted after the attack.

Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov also told the agency that a set of new U.S. sanctions that can be imposed on Russia will lead Moscow to retaliate.

Both sides are battling the Islamic State group, with SDF fighters focusing on their march into the northern city of Raqqa, which the extremist group has declared to be its capital. 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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