Russian Federation threatens USA aircraft, cuts hotline

World       by Dawood Rehman | Published

World by Dawood Rehman | Published

Russia's defense ministry says it will treat USA -led coalition planes in Syria, west of the Euphrates River, as targets after the us military shot down a Syrian Air Force jet on Sunday.

Moscow is warning that it will target allied aircraft operating west of the Euphrates River in Syria in retaliation for the USA shooting down a Syrian government warplane on Sunday.

A United States Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet shot down a Syrian Arab Air Force Sukhoi Su-22 Fitter strike aircraft on June 18 over south of the Syrian town of Tabqah.

The US-led coalition conducted what the Pentagon said was a "show of force" - a reported buzzing of the pro-government troops by jets - to stop the attack and then called the Syrian government's ally, Russia, to try to "de-escalate the situation and stop the firing".

The White House said on Monday that coalition forces fighting ISIS militants in Syria retained the right to self-defence as Russian Federation warned it viewed any planes flying in its area of operations as potential targets.

The US statement said that coalition aircraft stopped a "pro-regime advance" toward an "SDF-controlled town". A "hotline" for Russian and US military officials to talk about activity within the zones was established in 2015.

Since then, the United States has repeatedly struck Iranian-backed militia and last week even shot down a drone threatening USA -led coalition forces.

The United States and Russian Federation, which has been providing an air cover for Syria's President Bashar Assad since 2015 in his offensive against the Islamic State group, have a standing agreement that should prevent in-the-air incidents involving us and Russian Federation jets engaged in operations in Syria. The incident comes at a time when the United States led coalition and its fighters present on the ground are fighting against the Islamic State (ISIS) in its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa. Two top Revolutionary Guard commanders said that the strikes were meant to send a message to the perpetrators of militant attacks in Tehran last week - claimed by Islamic State - that killed 18 people, as well as their supporters.

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On June 6, the coalition "destroyed" pro-Syrian regime forces who had advanced beyond a de-confliction zone near At Tanf.

"Right now what we have is a policy of ambiguity", said Ilan Goldenberg, director of the Middle East security program at the Center for a New American Security.

On Sunday, Assad's forces attacked a US -backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab militia fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Forces in the town of Jadin, south of Raqqa.

The announcement comes as tensions escalate following the USA downing of a Syrian military jet near Raqqa yesterday.

A military vehicle operated by the US -backed. The incident was the latest skirmish between the US -led coalition and regime forces in the increasingly tense and crowded space in Syria's north and east.

"The shooting down of a Syrian Air Force jet in Syria's airspace is a cynical violation of Syria's sovereignty".

Sillo also warned that if "the regime continues in its offensive against our positions in Raqqa province, this will force us to retaliate with force". The Syrians assert that the plane attacked the ISIS terrorist group.

Russian defense ministry said it will suspend an agreement between the US and Russia that worked to limit the risk of in-flight incidents between the two countries, The Washington Post reported.

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