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Russia Says It Will Track US Planes As Potential Targets In Syria

Russia Says It Will Track US Planes As Potential Targets In Syria

A day after a US Navy fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane, Russian Federation warned that aircraft operating where the shootdown occurred would be considered "air targets" for its forces in Syria.

A USA jet shot down a Syrian government warplane after it attacked forces fighting against the Islamic State (IS) militant group, the US -led coalition in Syria says.

The Russian Defense Ministry also said due to the incident, it was suspending a hotline between Russia and the USA that was established to avoid mid-air collisions.

An American F/A-18E Super Hornet shot down the SyrianSU-22 as it "dropped bombs near SDF fighters" south of the town of Tabqa, the coalition said in a statement.Russia's defence minister said the pilot ejected "above IS-controlled territories" and that his fate is unknown.

"Over the last four weeks, the USA has conducted three air strikes on pro-regime forces backed by Iran that have moved into a deconfliction zone around the town of Tanf in southwestern Syria, where there is a coalition training base for local forces fighting ISIS".

USA intelligence analysts quickly concluded that Iran fired the missiles mostly in retaliation for a pair of Islamic State attacks earlier this month on Iran's parliament building and the tomb of the Islamic Republic's founder. But Assad can stay for now had become de facto guidance as the U.S. sought to avoid direct intervention in the Syrian conflict and an endless series of Geneva conferences aimed at a diplomatic solution to the war took place.

Russian Federation on Monday suspended a crucial safe flights over Syria deal with the USA under a memorandum after it shot down a Syrian regime's fighter jet on Sunday. It is the allies in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in the war-torn country. "The Coalition does not try to fight Syrian regime, Russian, or pro-regime forces partnered with them".

Russia, a key backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad, has been providing an air cover to the government's offensive on the Islamic State group since 2015.

Russian Federation is supporting Assad militarily with air power, advisers and special forces as he tries to roll back ISIS and other militant groups.

It was the first time an American fighter jet has shot down a Syrian aircraft in the civil war, with US officials saying the action was taken to defend Washington-allied forces in the area.

On April 7, Trump authorised a cruise missile strike against a Syrian air base in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack by the regime against civilians.

"If the regime continues attacking our positions in Raqqa province, we will be forced to retaliate", a SDF spokesman said.

The incident is seen as the latest skirmish between the US-led coalition and regime forces in Syria's northern and eastern region.

The US moved quickly to contain an escalation, with a top general saying Washington would work to relaunch the "deconfliction" hotline with Russian Federation that was established in 2015.

The White House also said it would work to keep lines of communication open with Russian Federation amid the new tensions.