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Russia stops cooperation with the U.S. on Syria: cause – downed aircraft

Russian military officials reported that from June 19 terminates the interaction with the Pentagon in the framework of the bilateral Memorandum on Syria. This decision was made after an American fighter destroyed the plane Syrian air force.

Moscow outraged that the US did not use a special channel of communication in an attack on a Syrian plane, despite the fact that the Russian aircraft was at this time in the air, writes on 19 June, the news Agency «Interfax».

«In Syrian airspace in a given period of time performed the task of the Russian planes VC. However, the command of the coalition forces did not use the existing communication channel between the command of the air base, «al-Udeid air base» (Qatar) and air bases «Hamim» to prevent incidents in airspace of Syria,» – quotes the edition the statement of the defense Ministry.

«We consider these actions of the American command as a conscious failure to perform their obligations under the Memorandum on the prevention of incidents and ensuring the safety of aviation operations in Syria from October 20, 2015» – according to the Russian military.

We will remind that on Sunday the Ministry of defense announced that the aircraft F-18 American air force shot down a Syrian su-22, shortly before it attacked positions of Kurdish militias near the town of Cadin 40 kilometres from Raqqa.

The statement noted that the target was destroyed in full compliance with the rules for opening fire and in order to ensure collective security units operating in conjunction with the Western coalition.

In particular, before you shoot down the su-22, the us military turned to the command of the Russian forces in Syria to prevent escalation. We will add that for the first time since the conflict began, the U.S. air force destroyed an enemy aircraft.

The Syrian authorities reported the death of a military pilot. They said that the aircraft attacked positions of the «Islamic state». According to the statement of the official Damascus, the incident threatens the joint fight against terrorism.

«Coordination between the US and jihadists shows that Americans use terror to realize their American-Zionist project», — stated in the statement.

Russia stops cooperation with the U.S. on Syria: cause – downed aircraft
19.06.2017

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