The Russian military after the incident with the plane of the Syrian air force, shot down by an American fighter-bomber, stop the interaction with the Pentagon in the framework of the bilateral Memorandum on ATS previously preostanovlena because of another emergency, and will take aircraft and drones of the international coalition in support of air defense of the Russian Federation, stated in the defense Ministry of the Russian Federation. While the defense Ministry held a “red line” on the river Euphrates should be the message.
The Russian defense Ministry reported that in an attack by Syrian aircraft
was destroyed, the pilot of the Syrian air force ejected over the area, which
controlled by the militants of the terrorist group “Islamic state”*, the fate of the pilot is unknown, reports “Interfax”.
“The Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation from June 19 terminates the interaction with the American side in the framework of the Memorandum on the prevention of incidents and ensuring the safety of aviation operations in Syria and requires thorough investigation by a us General, with all its results and the measures taken”, – quotes TASS Agency.
Also they added that in connection with the incident “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”.
The defense Ministry considered the attack against the US violation of Syrian sovereignty and military
In Moscow outraged by the fact 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.
“In Syrian airspace in a given period of time performed
the tasks 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,” – said the Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation.
“We consider these actions of the American command as
deliberate failure to comply with its obligations under the Memorandum
preventing incidents and ensuring the safety of aviation in
operations in Syria from 20 October 2015,” – said the Russian
The Ministry also called the destruction of the Syrian aircraft by the United States air force in
Syrian airspace “a cynical violation of the sovereignty” of the Syrian
Arab Republic (UAR). “The repeated military actions of the United States air force under the guise of combating terrorism against the legitimate armed forces of a member state of the UN
constitute a flagrant violation of international law and in fact the military
the aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic”, – emphasized in
the Russian defense Ministry.
We will remind, incident with the Syrian military aircraft occurred on Sunday, June 18. According to Damascus, the aircraft was shot down South of the city of raqqa during the operations against the militants of the terrorist group “Islamic state.”* The location of the pilot remains unknown. Command of the armed forces of Syria called the incident “blatant aggressive action” and accused the United States in coordination with the terrorists of ISIS*.
According to the defense Ministry, the American fighter F18A knocked
a Syrian plane by a missile “air-air”. Russian military
said that su-22 were supported by units of the Syrian troops, who
stepping on the terrorist group ISIS* in the area
settlement er Rasave 40 km southwest of the city of raqqa.
In the Federation Council of the Russian Federation called the incident with the downed Syrian plane was invalid and could provoke a major conflict. The senators also recalled that in Syria there are Russian s-300 and s-400. “Given our capabilities and existing agreements need to warn you that in case of such aggression is an appropriate response,” said RBC first Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Franz Klintsevich.
In turn, representatives of the coalition said that the Syrian su-22 was shot down for the fact that dropping bombs close to the positions of fighters of “the forces of democratic Syria” (SDS) to the South of the city of Tabqa (40 miles from Raqqa). “The forces of the regime (Syrian President) … launched a massive attack, using planes, artillery and tanks”, – said on Monday to Reuters, the official representative of SDS Talal, Cello.
Earlier, the headquarters emphasized that the coalition is “not seeking a conflict with the Syrian regime, or the Russian support of the regime forces,” but to protect their partners. The staff also said that after the attack the Syrian troops, the coalition immediately contacted the representatives of Russia “by phone through a special channel to de-escalate the situation and stop the attack.”
Previously, Moscow has threatened the Pentagon with their air defense
Earlier, Russia warned the US against strikes against the army of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after the American press there were allegations that Washington is considering the possibility.
The official representative of the defense Ministry major General Igor Konashenkov reported that the air defense system s-400 and “Armor” “guaranteed cover” of the Russian air group at the airport, “Hamim” in the province of Latakia. Another unfolded in Syria, the grouping of air defence With-300 and “Armour” protects the point of logistics Russian Navy in Tartus.
However, in recent cases, when led by Washington, the coalition strikes on the positions of the Syrian Pro-government forces increased. Thus, on 8 June as a result of the RAID in the village of At-Tanta was destroyed by tank and artillery of the Syrian army, which allegedly got too close and posed a threat to “allied and coalition forces.”
In addition, on June 6, “the Democratic forces of Syria”, which the Pentagon recently began to supply arms and ammunition, with the support of the international coalition stormed the city of raqqa. Simultaneously it became known that the anti-terrorist coalition led by the USA once again attacked Pro-government forces of Bashar al-Assad in southern Syria in Al-Tape.
A similar attack on Syrian Pro-government forces near Al-TANF in the South of Syria was caused by the international coalition forces led by the United States on may 18. The representative of the American command reported that Syrian Pro-government forces allegedly went into a “zone of de-escalation”, where “US partners” to combat the group ISIS*. In this case, the Department explained that it “de-escalation”, which were agreed at the talks in Astana, these areas have no relationship, and their existence is supposedly provided by the Memorandum signed between the Russian and American military, aired RIA “Novosti”. The Agency noted that this was the second during the presidency of Donald trump military action of the us military against armed groups, howling in the Arab country on the side of President Bashar al-Assad.
One of the most serious for today of incidents of strikes by foreign forces on Syrian troops, occurred on the night of 7 April. Then the U.S. Armed forces by order of President Donald trump has launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles on military airfield “Sirat” in the Syrian province of HOMS. It destroyed 24 Syrian aircraft. While on the base were the Russian military.
The Russian side knew about the impending strike, but is located in the Syrian air defense system did not attempt to prevent it. This fact has caused bewilderment of journalists. General Konashenkov explained it quite interesting, saying that “Americans are not stupid” and made a flight route, “bypass our defense system”.
Later, the newspaper “Vedomosti”, citing a source close to the defense Ministry, gave a more plausible explanation for the lack of response by the Russian air defense. In particular, she wrotethat at the time of the missile attack by the US in the Mediterranean sea were no Russian warships, capable of arranging the monitoring carried out the attack the American destroyers. Also, there was no ships with missile weapons. The question of why not reacted Syrian air defenses, and remained a mystery.
After blow Russia increased its grouping of the Navy in Syrian banks. In turn, the Pentagon has strengthened the U.S. military presence in the South of Syria, to relocate from Jordan to the base At-TANF reactive systems, multiple rocket systems (HIMARS).
Also, after the attack on the base “Shirt” Russia has suspended the Memorandum on the prevention of air incident in Syria and warned the US about the possible consequences of military intervention in Syria. On the resumption of the agreement on cooperation of the air force in Syria was reported in may – after a telephone conversation of the heads of the General staffs of Russia and the United States Valery Gerasimov and Joseph Dunford.
We will remind, Russia is conducting its military operation in Syria since the end of September 2015: Military space forces are helping the army of President Bashar al-Assad to fight against different extremist groups.
*Islamic state (ISIS, ISIL, DAISH) is a banned terrorist organization.