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Russian Federation will target coalition jets in parts of Syria, defence ministry says

20 Juin 2017

Moscow terminated its communication channel with the United States under a memorandum for preventing incidents in Syria's skies, as a outcome for the U.S. downing a Syrian Su-22 plane, Russia's Defense Ministry reported on Monday.

The Russian military says the United States did not use the the deescalation cooperation utility even though Russian Air Force jets were in the vicinity at the time.

Russia's defense ministry said 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 on Sunday, June 18.

"We're going to do what we can to protect our interests", White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters Monday, defending the decision to shoot down a Syrian SU-22 jet that had bombed coalition partnered forces near the Syrian town of Tabqah.

In a statement, Russia's Defense Ministry condemned the U.S.' actions as "a cynical violation of Syria's sovereignty".

A Syrian jet was shot down by a us warplane on Sunday in an area close to Raqqa which is now held by the Islamic State.

It stopped short of saying it would shoot them down.The Russian Defence Ministry said it was also immediately scrapping a Syrian air safety agreement with Washington created to avoid collisions and unsafe incidents.

The Russian Defense Ministry said it was also scrapping a Syrian air safety agreement with Washington created to avoid collisions and unsafe incidents with immediate effect.

Dunford said Washington will work militarily and diplomatically in the coming hours to "re-establish de-confliction" with Moscow.

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Russian Federation on Monday warned it would track US-led coalition aircraft in Syria as potential "targets" and halted an incident-prevention hotline with Washington after USA forces downed a Syrian jet.

Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18A Hornets fly in formation after refuelling from a KC-30A on a mission over Syria.

In a sign of the deepening complexity of the brutal civil war, t he U.S. air force downed a Syrian Su-22 plane on Sunday after it dropped bombs near the American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighting IS.

Moscow's move came a day after an American Navy fighter jet shot down a Syrian regime SU-22 fighter jet shortly after it allegedly attacked USA partner forces on the ground.

The Pentagon said it would continue operations against the Islamic State in Syria.

And a top Russian official called the United States downing of the Syrian plane an act of aggression that assists terrorists.

"This strike can be regarded as another act of defiance of worldwide law by the United States", Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Monday, according to Russia's state-run news agency Tass.

Despite the Russians' threat to discontinue using a hotline set up to ensure flight safety over Syria, Dunford said communications between the two nations had continued as of Monday morning.

Russian Federation will target coalition jets in parts of Syria, defence ministry says