USA Intends to Re-establish Military Communication with Russian Federation

USA Intends to Re-establish Military Communication with Russian Federation

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 United States forces downed a Syrian jet.

"This is the same location where another pro-regime UAV dropped munitions near Coalition forces before it was shot down, June 8", the USA military says.

"As the battle for eastern Syria steps up, Russian Federation and its Syrian government ally seem intent on drawing a line in the sky".

This is the first time that an U.S. jet shoots down a Syrian aircraft since the USA began operations against ISIS in the area.

The United States has moved quickly to contain an escalation of the situation after the jet was downed on Sunday evening when regime forces targeted the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters battling IS.

Following the American military's downing of a Syrian fighter on Sunday, Moscow is no longer using the military hotline between Washington and Moscow utilized to avoid collisions in Syrian airspace. But the drive toward the border has already brought him into conflict with USA -backed opposition forces to the south and east.

Other incidents in which the USA has fired on Syrian forces centered on Al Tanf, where the US military is training its partnered local forces.

Russian Federation said yesterday it would treat US-led coalition aircraft flying west of the River Euphrates in Syria as potential targets and track them with missile systems and military aircraft, but stopped short of saying it would shoot them down.

The Syrian jet was shot down on Sunday evening after regime forces engaged fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance battling with U.S. support against IS, in an area close to Raqa.

On Monday, Russia warned that US aircraft operating in specific regions in Syria would be considered "air targets" for its forces after a US Navy jet shot down a pro-regime fighter jet.

ADF operations in Iraq will continue as part of the Coalition, it was confirmed.

"Repeated military actions by USA aircraft against the lawful armed forces of a United Nations member state, under the guise of a 'fight against terrorism, ' are a profound violation of worldwide law and, in fact, military aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic", the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement.

Russian Federation on Monday suspended cooperation with the United States in Syrian airspace after the USA -led coalition shot down a Syrian jet on Sunday. Australia's military said Tuesday it was postponing air raid missions over Syria in reaction to the incident.

"In this regard, the threat of direct confrontation between the aviation of Russia and the United States does not arise", the Federation Council's Committee on Defence and Security chairman said.

It said several hours earlier, regime forces had attacked the SDF in another town near Tabqa, wounding several and driving the SDF from the town.

The strike - which appeared to be Iran's first missile attack overseas in more than 15 years and its first in the Syrian conflict - came roughly two weeks after ISIS claimed responsibility for the June 7 attacks on Iran's Parliament and the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran that left 17 people dead.