Tensions rose Sunday as the US shot down a Syrian Air Force SU-22 fighter that USA officials said had bombed American-backed Syrian fighters involved in an emerging battle to recapture the Islamic State's self-declared capital of Raqqa.
Russian Federation on Monday threatened aircraft from the US -led coalition in Syrian-controlled airspace and suspended a hotline meant to avoid collisions in retaliation for the USA military shooting down a Syrian warplane.
The MINDEF also demands a thorough investigation into the shooting down yesterday of a Syrian Air Force SU-22 fighter jet over the northern province of Raqqa, without knowing the whereabouts of the pilot who was catapulted after the attack.
The downing of the aircraft was "a cynical violation of Syria's sovereignty", the Russian Defence Ministry said in an e-mailed statement on Monday (June 19). "That's why there's no threat of direct confrontation between Russian Federation and American aircraft". The U.S. Navy says one of them was attacked by that Syrian aircraft it shot down.
The previous Conservative government first deployed Aurora surveillance planes, a Polaris air-to-air refueller and six CF-18 fighter jets to participate in the USA -led air campaign against ISIL in October 2014.
The Russian Defense Ministry has announced its intention to begin treating US coalition jets flown west of the Euphrates River in Syria as air targets.
The Syrian warplane was carrying out a combat mission to provide air cover for government troops units, which mounted an offensive against the Islamic State terror group (outlawed in Russia) near the populated locality of al-Rasafeh.
Russian Federation has fighter aircraft, air defense weapons and other military assets in Syria in support of President Bashar Assad's government.
The Syrian jet was shot down yesterday evening after regime forces engaged fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance battling with U.S. support against IS, in an area close to Raqa. It also demanded an investigation by United States command.
A number of SDF forces were wounded in the attack, the statement from the Combined Joint Task Force said.
The Pentagon said Sunday a Syrian SU-22 dropped bombs on Coalition-partnered fighters near the town of Tabqah.
The U.S. said it had downed the Syrian jet on Monday after it dropped bombs near the U.S. -backed Syrian Democratic Forces conducting operations against the Islamic State group, saying that was something it would not tolerate.
The SDF on Monday said it would be "forced to retalliate" if the Syrian government continued attacking its positions around Raqqa.