Over the weekend the United States shot down a Syrian jet because they claim it was bombing our allies.
The U.S. doesn’t communicate with the Syrian military, but they do correspond with the Russians. Apparently, the Russians said they didn’t get the communications about this event and now they are threatening the U.S. because of it.
As reported by Zero Hedge:
Shortly after Russia’s deputy foreign minister slammed the US downing of a Syrian Su-22 jet as an “act of aggression” and “support for terrorists”, Russia announced that starting June 19 it was halting all interactions with the US under the framework on the “memorandum of incident prevention in Syrian skies”, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday, thereby assuring the probability of even more deadly escalations between Russia and the US-led coalition.
In retaliation, the ministry warned that Russian missile defense will intercept any aircraft in the area of operations of the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria,
“In areas where Russian aviation is conducting combat missions in the Syrian skies, any flying objects, including jets and unmanned aerial vehicles of the international coalition discovered west of the Euphrates River will be followed by Russian air and ground defenses as air targets,” the Russian Defense Ministry announced, quoted by Sputnik.
Contrary to the earlier statement by the US according to which, it “contacted its Russian counterparts by telephone via an established “de-confliction line” to de-escalate the situation and stop the firing”, Russia claims the US-led coalition command didn’t use the deconfliction channel with Russia to avoid an incident during an operation in Raqqa.
This escalation cannot be good since at least Russia and the U.S. were supposedly communicating beforehand. It’s unclear who it telling the truth; but regardless, the Russians believe the U.S. military didn’t try to contact them and are therefore escalating the situation in Syria to one that absolutely pits the two countries against one another.
As if we need any more hostility with Russia right now…