Monday, June 19, 2017

Russia threatens aircraft from American-led coalition

Russia on Monday threatened aircraft from the U.S.-led coalition in Syrian-controlled airspace and suspended a hotline intended to avoid collisions in retaliation for the U.S. military shooting down a Syrian warplane. The developments added to already-soaring regional tensions and reflect the intensifying rivalry among the major players in Syria’s civil war.

Russia, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, called on the U.S. military to provide a full accounting as to why it decided to shoot down the Syrian Su-22 bomber.
The Su-17 entered service with the Soviet Air Force in 1970 and is considered obsolete.
It remains in service by Syria, Poland, Peru, and Vietnam but is retired in the former USSR itself.