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Russia warns US after Syrian fighter downed


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Russia warns US after Syrian fighter downed

Russia has sent out a warning to the US-led coalition in Syria that it will view all aircraft as targets after a Syrian fighter was downed.

The coalition attacked the SU-22 after it launched a strike on US-backed rebels in Raqqa province.

Moscow said that it would no longer cooperate with the US in order to prevent air accidents.

The Russian defense ministry said:“Any aircraft, including planes and drones belonging to the international coalition operating west of the Euphrates river, will be tracked by Russian anti-aircraft forces in the sky and on the ground and treated as targets.”


Syria has condemned the shooting down saying it was a “flagrant attack” with “dangerous repercussions.”


Washington claimed the SU-22 had dropped bombs on Syrian Defence Force positions and according to the rules of engagement it was immediately shot down.


It added that it did not wish to provoke Russia or pro-regime forces, but would defend its coalition partners.