Russian MoD Slams ‘Cynical’ US Aviation Attack in Syrian Airspace

June 19, 2017 1:57 pm
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On June 18, the Syrian army said that the US-led coalition had brought down its aircraft in southern Raqqa countryside when it was fulfilling its mission against Daesh.

Later, the coalition confirmed the information saying that it shot down the Syrian government forces' Su-22 aircraft as it had allegedly been bombing in an area where US-backed rebel forces, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), were stationed, south of Tabqa in the Raqqa province. The US-led coalition called its attack on the Syrian army's jet "collective self-defense," adding that it contacted the Russian military to de-escalate the situation after the incident.

"The destruction of the Syrian Air Force aircraft by US aviation over Syrian airspace is a cynical violation of the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic," the Russian ministry said.

The US-led coalition command didn't use the deconfliction channel with Russia to avoid an incident during an operation in Raqqa, the ministry said.

The Russian Defense Ministry demanded thorough investigation into the US command's actions related to the downing of the Syrian government jet by the US-led coalition.

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