Any airborne object in our zone is now our target - Russians

Russia has suspended cooperation with US counterparts within the Memorandum on the Prevention of Incidents and Ensuring Air Safety in Syria.

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RT is reporting that this came following the US-led coalition’s downing of a Syrian regime's Su-22 warplane.

“In the areas of combat missions of Russian air fleet in Syrian skies, any airborne objects, including aircraft and unmanned vehicles of the (US-led) international coalition, located to the west of the Euphrates River, will be tracked by Russian ground and air defense forces as air targets,” the Russian Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Monday.

The ministry has demanded a thorough investigation by the US military command into the incident with the Syrian government military jet, with the results to be shared with the Russian side, RT reported.

Earlier, the Russian military said that the downing of the plane within Syrian airspace “cynically violated the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic" and represented an act of aggression.

The United States has confirmed the shooting down of the jet on Sunday.

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