Press Secretary of the White house Sean Spicer commented on the statement of the Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation, according to which Russian troops in Syria would be considered enemy planes and unmanned aircraft operating West of the Euphrates.
«The escalation in the area where a lot of players, nobody will benefit. The Syrian regime and others must understand that in fighting against «Islamic state» international coalition has the right to defend itself,» he said.
The white house also announced that it is working on the restoration of coordination of actions in Syria. The purpose of these actions is to prevent accidental collision of the U.S. air force and Russia.
On 19 June the Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation announced a change to the Protocol for opening fire in force in Syria, the Russian air force. It was a response to intercept the American aircraft of the Syrian su-22 in the vicinity of Raqqa.
«In areas of combat missions of Russian aircraft in the skies of Syria any airborne targets, including aircraft and unmanned vehicles international coalition discovered to the West of the Euphrates river, will be accepted in support of Russian ground and air defense as air targets,» — said in a statement.
It is also reported about the suspension of cooperation with the US in the framework of the Memorandum on the prevention of incidents and to ensure safety. Russia demands from the American side of the investigation of the incident.