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Russia To Treat US Aircraft In Syria As "Airborne Targets"

MOSCOW (Alliance News) - Russia said on Monday it would treat all US coalition aircraft west of ...

Alliance News 19 June, 2017 | 2:06PM
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MOSCOW (Alliance News) - Russia said on Monday it would treat all US coalition aircraft west of the Euphrates River in Syria as "airborne targets" after a US fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane.

Russia's Defence Ministry announced that it was ending US-Russian cooperation in Syria that had been designed to prevent a direct conflict between the great powers.

"Repeated military actions by US 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 international law and, in fact, military aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic," the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement.

"As a result of the strike, the Syrian plane was destroyed. The Syrian pilot catapulted into an area controlled by Islamic State terrorists. His fate is unknown," the Defence Ministry said.

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