National Defence mum on Russian threat to shoot down planes in Syria

National Defence mum on Russian threat to shoot down planes in Syria

National Defence mum on Russian threat to shoot down planes in Syria

Theresa May has played down suggestions RAF pilots could be at risk after Russian Federation warned it would track warplanes from the US-led coalition in Syria as potential targets a day after the USA military shot down a Syrian air force jet.

"In the combat mission zones of the Russian aviation in the air space of Syria, all kinds of airborne vehicles, including aircraft and UAVs of the global coalition detected to the west of the Euphrates River will be tracked by the Russian SAM systems as air targets", the ministry's statement concluded.

Russian Federation has been a staunch supporter of Syria's beleaguered president Bashar Assad and has been providing air cover for this offensive since 2015.

"In accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of coalition-partnered forces, (the Syrian jet) was immediately shot down by a US F/A-18E Super Hornet", said the coalition in its statement.

The U.S. took the action in retaliation to what they believe was a "pro-Syrian regime forces" attack on the American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

Russian Federation has said it will treat United States planes in Syria as "targets" after an American warplane shot down a Syrian fighter jet on Sunday.

The top USA military officer said Monday that Washington and Moscow are in delicate discussions to tamp down tensions arising from the US shootdown of a Syrian fighter jet, which the Russians called a violation of a U.S.

A host of global parties are embroiled in the Syrian civil war to varying degrees, with Russian Federation and Iran aiding Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who receives further ground support from Lebanese Shia militia Hezbollah.

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Clashes between the SDF and Syrian government forces have been rare, with some rebel groups even accusing them of coordinating on the battlefield.

The Syrian jet was shot down on Sunday evening after regime forces engaged fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance battling with USA support against IS, in an area close to Raqa. Iraqi lawmaker Abdul-Bari Zebari said his country agreed to the missile overflight after coordination with Iran, Russia and Syria.

A similar incident had taken place in 1999 during the Kosovo campaign when the U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon shot down a Serbian MiG-29.

As ISIS collapses, the USA has become eager to secure its influence in Syria against Russian Federation and Iran.

A top Russian diplomat has condemned the United States for shooting down a Syrian air force fighter jet, calling it an act of "aggression". The Russians appear to want to avoid further USA targeting of Syrian warplanes or ground troops that have come under US attack in eastern Syria recently.

A statement from the coalition stressed that it will continue to defend US allies.

The Syrian military said that their plane was carrying out a combat mission against ISIS when it was shot down.

Any flying objects, including planes and drones of the worldwide coalition, discovered west of the Euphrates river will be tracked as aerial targets by Russia's air defences on and above ground. The pilot is missing, the Syrian statement said. The SDF is leading the ground offensive in Syria to capture the Islamic State's stronghold of Raqqa.

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