MOSCOW: US-Led Coalition’s Downing of Syrian Plane ‘Act Of Aggression’ & ‘Support For Terrorists’… WILL NOW TARGET US AND COALITION JETS SYRIA
“What is it then, if not an act of aggression, an act directly in breach of international law,” Ryabkov told journalists in Moscow.
“If you want, it’s actually help for the terrorists the US is fighting, declaring that they are conducting a counterterrorism policy,” the official added.
Ryabkov added that he believed the strike “should be first of all regarded as the continuation of the US agenda of neglecting the norms of international law. Regardless of who has power in Washington, people there are used to the fact that there are circumstances allowing them to arrogantly look down on – and in some situations, to openly ignore – the basics of international relations.”
A Syrian SU-22 warplane was shot down by a US F/A-18E Super Hornet on Sunday while it was on a mission in the countryside around Raqqa.
Damascus stated that the plane was carrying out operations against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists when it was downed.
Washington says that the Syrian warplane “dropped bombs near SDF fighters south of Tabqah” and was shot down in accordance with “rules of engagement” of Coalition partnered forces.
Russia says it will treat US-led coalition planes as potential targets in government-controlled areas of Syria west of the Euphrates River.
The escalation comes a day after the US shot down a Syrian air force jet.
In a statement, the Russian defence ministry said that starting on Monday it will track all jets and drones from the coalition in the area.
And it has demanded a full account of why the US military shot down the Syrian SU-22.