The Russian Defense Ministry stated that the US aviation attack in Syrian airspace may be considered an “act of aggression,” and announced that it is halting all interactions with the US within the framework on the memorandum of incident prevention in Syrian skies.
The Russian MoD added that the its surface-to-air missiles will track any aircraft of the US-led coalition west of the Euphrates River.
“In areas where Russian aviation is conducting combat missions in the Syrian skies, any flying objects, including jets and unmanned aerial vehicles of the international coalition discovered west of the Euphrates River will be followed by Russian air and ground defenses as air targets,” the ministry announced.
The Russian military added that the US-led coalition command didn’t make an attempt to avoid the incident via the de-confliction channel with Russia.
According to the ministry, the US action against the Syrian Air Force is an act of military aggression against the sovereign state.
On June 18, the US-led coalition downed a Syrian Air Force Su-22 jet in the western part of the Raqqah province. The Su-22 was fulfilling its mission against ISIS according to the Syrian military.