Russia has decided to hold off communications with the United States due to the United States attack on a Syrian jet. Yesterday the US shot down a Syrian-army SU jet-22. The defense ministry of Russia has said:
“All kinds of airborne vehicles, including aircraft and UAVs of the international coalition detected to the west of the Euphrates River will be tracked by the Russian SAM systems as air targets.”
They go on to say that the US deliberately did not use its communication channel after promising to agree to use it. Russia has been providing air coverage for Syria and it’s president since 2015. Sergei Ryabkov, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister said that downing the jet was akin to “helping the terrorists that the US is fighting against.”
In a statement against that the United States says that:
“In accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defence of Coalition partnered forces, it was immediately shot down by a US F/A-18E Super Hornet,” a statement released by US Central Command on Sunday said.
Hopefully, this doesn’t elevate to anything worse.