Tensions between the U.S. and Russia continue to run high.
On Monday, Russia announced it will target U.S.-led coalition planes flying west of the Euphrates river in Syria, after the U.S. shot down a Syrian plane on Sunday, The Guardian reports.
The Russian Defense Ministry demanded to know why the U.S. shot down a Syrian jet without warning, with Russian deputy foreign minister calling it a “disregard [for] the norms of international law.”
‘This strike has to be seen as a continuation of America’s line to disregard the norms of international law.’
‘What is this if not an act of aggression? It is, if you like, help to those terrorists that the US is fighting against, declaring they are carrying out an anti-terrorism policy.’
The U.S. military confirmed that a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian SU-22 Sunday, having claimed that the Syrian jet dropped bombs near Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) allied with the U.S. in the fight against ISIS.
On Monday, Moscow claimed that it will track all coalition jets and drones west of the Euphrates river.
Russia is an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the fight against ISIS, and has been urging the U.S. to make the removal of ISIS both a land and air operation.
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