Russia Threatens U.S. Warplanes Flying West of Euphrates

Moscow ends communications channel with Washington designed to prevent accidents over Syrian airspace after the downing of Syrian plane by U.S.-led coalition

The Russian Defense Ministry announced on Monday it would treat U.S. jets flying west of the Euphrates as potential targets, adding that it will also suspend its communication channel with Washington.

In a statement, the ministry said that it had suspended communications with the American side which is used to prevent accidents between the two countries operating in Syrian airspace.

Moscow called on Washington to carry out a thorough investigation of the downing of a Syrian aircraft by the U.S.-led international coalition in Raqqa province.

The General Command of the Syrian army announced on Sunday that a Syrian fighter jet was shot down by the coalition near Rasafa while carrying out an operation against the Islamic State (ISIS).

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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