Russia’s defense ministry appears to have threatened to shoot down U.S. aircraft in Syria. “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,” the ministry said Monday. The declaration comes one day after U.S. planes downed a Syrian jet near the ISIS capital of Raqqa, reporting the regime’s plane had bombed U.S.-backed forces. Kremlin officials also said they would suspend cooperation with U.S. forces and will stop using a hotline set up to prevent air accidents over Syria. U.S. military officials did not confirm if the contact was indeed cut off.
JUST IN: Russia: After US shoots down Syrian jet, Russian military will track all aircraft west of the Euphrates "as air targets."
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