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


Russian Federation has vowed to retaliate against any U.S. coalition aircraft that fly west of the Euphrates River after a U.S. Navy fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane on Sunday.

Throughout Syria's six-and-a-half year civil war, the United States has supported rebels opposed to President Bashar Assad's government and extremist groups like IS, while Russian Federation has backed Assad. The official also says the USA does not believe Russian Federation is targeting United States planes at this time.

"What is this other than an act of aggression in violation of the norms of worldwide law?

The US" repeated combat operations under the guise of "combating terrorism' against the legitimate armed forces of a United Nations member-state are a flagrant violation of worldwide law, in addition to being actual military aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic", the ministry said.

The incident came as a monitoring group reported the first ground fighting between Syrian government troops and the US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters.

The SU-22 fighter bomber was engaged by an F/A-18E Super Hornet after it had dropped bombs near the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, the Pentagon said. It has previously claimed it would do so following the USA missile strike on a Syrian air field in April as retaliation for a chemical weapons attack by the Assad government.

The U.S. shoots down a Syrian fighter jet for the first time.

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A host of worldwide parties are embroiled in the Syrian civil war to varying degrees, with Russian Federation and Iran aiding Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who receives further ground support from Lebanese Shia militia Hezbollah. USA officials say the aircraft had struck America's rebel allies.

Moscow's initial response also condemned the United States action, with deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov asking, "What is this if not an act of aggression?".

A statement issued by U.S. Central Command said the plane was downed "in collective self-defense of Coalition-partnered forces".

It remains unclear whether the regime forces that led the assault on Ja'Din were government troops or Iranian paramilitaries sent in by Tehran to support the regime. USA warplanes have also carried out several strikes against pro-government forces over the past few weeks.

Clashes between the SDF and Syrian government forces have been rare, with some rebel groups even accusing them of coordinating on the battlefield.

SDF spokesman Talal Sillo said the government aims to thwart the SDF offensive to capture the city of Raqqa.

Separately, Ryabkov told Interfax that the shooting down was a unsafe escalation and warned Washington not to use force against Syrian government troops.