DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4: 20 P.M.) – Russia is halting cooperation with the US forces regarding the Memorandum on the Prevention of Incidents and Ensuring Air Safety in Syria after the US shot down a Syrian fighter jet west of Raqqa yesterday, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
“As of June 19 this year, the Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation has ended its interaction with the US side under a memorandum for preventing incidents and providing for safe flights during operations in Syria and demands that the US command carry out a careful investigation and report about its results and the measures taken,” the statement released by the MoD reads.
Moreover, Russian military will track all the aircraft west of Euphrates river in Syria, including US-led coalition’s jets and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), as legitimate aerial targets, Interfax agency quoted Russian Ministry of Defense as saying.
Yesterday, a US fighter jet shot down a Syrian Su-22 while on a combat mission against the Islamic State positions in the western countryside of the group’s de-fact capital of Raqqa.
Today, the Syrian government forces, backed by local fighters, managed to fully recapture al-Rasafa following fierce clashes with ISIS.