Russia Says It Will Track US Planes As Potential Targets In Syria


The Pentagon issued a statement: "The coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime, Russian, or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but will not hesitate to defend coalition or partner forces from any threat".

Russia's defence ministry condemned the downing of the jet in a separate statement, saying the latest incident, in addition to others, was a violation of global law.

Despite Russia's threat, a spokesman for the USA -led coalition told The New York Times American military forces will still conduct air and ground operations in Syria.

The Russian defense ministry said 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. "And we'll see if that's true here in the coming hours, because all of our operations in and around Raqqa and southern Syria are designed specifically to get after ISIS".

Russia said as a result, it was closing down its deconfliction channel, which is used to prevent US and Russian planes from accidentally targeting each other.

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

And the US backs opposition groups there.

Moscow says it will "target" United States coalition aircraft in the west of Syria's Euphrates River after U.S. downed a Syrian jet.

Russian Defense Ministry said its own warplanes had been in the same space as the Syrian-U.S. strike, according to The Washington Post.

The US Navy jet, an F/A-18E Super Hornet model, shot down the Russian aircraft over the contested area of Raqqa in Syria.

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"For operational security considerations, the Canadian Armed Forces will not disclose the frequency of the flights or the exact locations nor the details of our force protection measures and risk assessment process", spokeman Daniel Le Bouthillier said in an email.

Russia's deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, said: "This strike has to be seen as a continuation of America's line to disregard the norms of global law".

The new clash comes two months after the US launched a barrage of Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airbase that had hosted airplanes responsible for a chemical weapons attack in Idlib province.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks Syria's war, said government forces expanded their presence in Raqqa province by capturing from IS the town of Rasafa.

That promise has met resistance from Republicans and Democrats in Washington who want a harder line toward Russian Federation over its alleged meddling in the USA election and support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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