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Russian diplomat condemns US for downing Syrian fighter jet

Critics note that every time the United States asserts it does not want to do anything beyond defeat ISIS it has emboldened the Assad regime; even though the Syrians lost a fighter jet, they gained a public statement from the biggest threat to its existence that its regime is not the coalition's crosshairs.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday also called on all countries to respect Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity, saying: "We call on the United States and all others who have their forces or their advisers on the ground [in Syria] to ensure coordination in our work".

On Sunday, a U.S. jet shot down a Syrian Su-22 fighter-bomber near the city of Tabqah.

The United States said the Syrian army plane shot down on Sunday had dropped bombs near fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a us -backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters battling to capture the city of Raqqa from IS.

The decision came amid increasing tension between the U.S. and Russian Federation, which warned it would track coalition aircraft in Syria as potential "targets", and halted a military hotline with Washington over the incident. Dunford said Monday, June 19, 2017, that Washington and Moscow are in delicate discussions to tamp down tensions arising from the USA shootdown of a Syrian fighter jet, which the Russians called a violation of a U.S.

Amid growing tensions between Russian Federation and the United States over the Pentagon's downing of a Syrian Air Force fighter jet, Australia said that it is temporarily halting its contribution to the Washington-led coalition that was established to hit Islamic State positions in Syria.

Moscow condemned the downing of the Syrian jet after it dropped bombs near the US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces that are fighting the Islamic State group in Syria's increasingly complicated civil war.

It's believed to be the first time in nine years that "a US combat aircraft has shot down a manned enemy aircraft in aerial combat", The Aviationist reports.

Russia, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, has been providing an air cover to the government's offensive since 2015.

Russian Federation warned on Monday that it would track coalition aircraft with missile systems and military aircraft, but it stopped short of openly saying it would shoot them down.

US, Russian, and Iranian military forces have all been involved in the Syrian War for some time now, and all with differing agendas.

Guard spokesman Gen. Ramazan Sharif told The Associated Press on Tuesday the force's "local sources and drone films say that all the six missiles the Guard launched hit their targets". A ministry statement issued in Moscow warned that coalition planes would be viewed as targets, and said a hotline for preventing accidental military engagement would be shut off.

Syrian government forces have also been attacking IS in northern, central and southern parts of the country, seizing 25,000 square kilometers (9,600 square miles) and reaching the Iraqi border for the first time in years.

The developments added to already-soaring regional tensions and reflect the intensifying rivalry among the major players in Syria's civil war that could spiral out of control just as the fight against the Islamic State group in its stronghold of Raqqa is gaining ground.

Associated Press writers Rod McGuirk in Canberra, Australia, Albert Aji in Damascus, Syria and Nasser Karimi in Tehran, Iran, contributed to this report.

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