London [U.K], June 20: Australia has suspended air strikes over Syria "as a precautionary measure" after Russian Federation threatened that it would consider any plane from the USA led coalition flying west of Euphrates as potential targets, following the US downing of Syrian military jet.
"The Coalition's mission is to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria", OIR reiterated in a statement on June 18 after a USA fighter jet shot down a Syrian Air Force SU-22 jet that was bombarding coalition-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.
On several occasions in recent weeks, warplanes of the US-led coalition have also struck pro-government forces to prevent them advancing from the Al Tanf garrison in south-eastern Syria at a spot where the country's borders join Iraq and Jordan.
On Sunday, a United States jet shot down a regime warplane in northern Syria as it "dropped bombs" on US-backed local forces.
The Russian Defence Ministry announced that, as of Monday, it had ceased cooperation with the U.S. through its de-confliction channel established with the aim of preventing incidents in the busy skies over Syria. It said operations would continue over Iraq.
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The US Central Command stated that the armed pro-Syrian regime Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was getting close to anti-ISIS Syrian partnered forces on Tuesday.
The U.S. -led military coalition said in a statement that the shoot down occurred where another pro-regime drone dropped munitions on June 8 before it was also shot down.
A spokesman told ABC the situation would be monitored and a decision on whether to resume operations in Syria "will be made in due course".
In the press statement, Russian Foreign Minister Serghei Lavrov, whose government supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said "all countries must fully respect Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity".
Tuesday's encounter is the latest development in what's become an increasingly hostile standoff between the us military and the various forces supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's fight to stay in power. But weeks later, the Russian and US militaries continued to use the hotline, with the number of calls increasing, American officials said.
"The shooting down of a Syrian Air Force jet in Syria's airspace is a cynical violation of Syria's sovereignty", the ministry said.
The two latest shoot downs, in addition to the one on June 8, has raised questions over whether the U.S.is getting drawn into a war with Russian Federation or Syria, rather than just with ISIS.
It also comes as the U.S. military announced officially that coalition forces had killed the Islamic State's top cleric, Turki al-Binali, in an air strike in Syria last month.
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