Russia's defense ministry says it is suspending coordination with the United States in Syria over so-called "de-confliction zones" after the Americans downed a Syrian government fighter jet.
Syrian troops and allied militias met up with Iraqi forces for the first time in years at a border crossing on their shared frontier Sunday, the Associated Press reported, citing pro-government media and an independent monitor.
The U.S. Central Command issued a statement saying the downed Syrian military jet had been dropping bombs near U.S. -backed SDF forces, which are seeking to oust Islamic State from the city of Raqqa.
The incident occurred in the town of Ja'Din, south of Tabqa, Syria, which had recently been retaken from ISIS by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an umbrella group of Syrian Kurdish and Arab rebel forces supported by the U.S.in the fight against the militant group.
The Pentagon said that it did not seek to fight the Syrian regime, Russian Federation or pro-regime forces, but was merely acting in defence of its coalition partners in Syria.
Ryabkov asks: "What is this, if not an act of aggression?"
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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov struck a tougher line than Lavrov, telling TASS the USA action was an "act of aggression in support of terrorists".
"What was it, if not an act of aggression?" The official also says the USA does not believe Russian Federation is targeting U.S. planes at this time.
"From now on, in areas where Russian aviation performs combat missions in the skies of Syria, any air-born objects found west of the Euphrates River, including aircraft and unmanned vehicles belonging to the worldwide coalition, tracked by means of Russian land and air anti-aircraft defense, will be considered air targets", the statement reads.
In early April, Russiasimilarly suspended the agreement with Washington to coordinate on matters such as airstrikes and flights over Syria ― a deal meant to limit the danger to pilots and prevent unintended conflict between the two powers.
The launch, which hit Syria's eastern city of Deir el-Zour on Sunday night, appeared to be Iran's first missile attack overseas in over 15 years and its first in the Syrian conflict amid its support of embattled President Bashar Assad.
In the statement, the coalition stressed its goals and that it will defend its partnered forces.
It appeared to be Iran's first missile attack overseas in over 15 years and its first in the Syrian conflict, in which it has provided crucial support to Assad. It has previously claimed it would do so following the us missile strike on a Syrian air field in April as retaliation for a chemical weapons attack by the Assad government. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu later said that the mechanism to avert conflict in the skies between Russian and US-led forces continues to operate despite a formal end to the pact.
Russian Federation said in response to the incident that it would target US -led coalition jets in parts of Syria, the Associated Press reported Monday morning.