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Russian Federation condemns U.S. for shooting down regime fighter, suspends cooperation in Syria

Russian Federation condemns U.S. for shooting down regime fighter, suspends cooperation in Syria

Of the attack on Sunday, the USA coalition said an F-18 stopped the advance of Syrian pro-government troops with a "show of force".

The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that as of Monday, all coalition jets and drones flying west of the Euphrates River will be tracked as potential targets.

The ministry said it will track all USA planes and drones starting Monday.

The US military on Sunday shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet that bombed rebel forces near the town of Tabqa.

The ministry said in a statement on Monday that it was suspending the deal, while US-backed opposition forces on the ground warned Syrian government troops to stop their attacks or face retaliation.

A senior USA defense official tells CNN the so-called "de-confliction line" remains open with Russian Federation.

It said it did did not seek "to fight the Syrian regime, Russian or pro-regime forces" but would not "hesitate to defend itself or its "partnered forces from any threat".

In Monday's statement, the Russian Defense Ministry said it considered the downing of the Syrian warplane "a cynical violation of the sovereignty" of Syria, and "a gross violation of global law and, in fact, a military aggression against Syria".

The Syrian army acknowledged that one of its planes had been shot down.

Russia, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al Assad, has been providing air cover to the government's offensive since 2015.

"What is this, if not an act of aggression?"

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, in comments to Russian news agencies, compared the downing of the Syrian jet to "helping the terrorists that the U.S. is fighting against".

The Combined Joint Task Force on June 18 said the US jet shot down the Syrian fighter "in accordance with rules of engagement" and "collective self-defense".

The Dutch government is sending a military refueling plane to Kuwait to assist the USA -led coalition carrying out airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. ISIS's capital of Raqqa is east of the river and is now the site of intense USA operations in support of its allies' push on the city.

The Syrian army, which has been taking territory from retreating ISIS fighters in the eastern Aleppo countryside, has moved into Raqqa province and seized back some oil fields and villages that had been under ISIS control for nearly three years.

"The demonstrated hostile intent and actions of pro-regime forces toward coalition and partner forces in Syria conducting legitimate counter-ISIS operations will not be tolerated", it said.

Washington also described those strikes as self-defense.


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