Saturday, December 9, 2017

Part of the Syrian airspace belongs to the US: Russian MoD Reports Incident with US F-22 Fighter over Syria

after the appearance of a Russian multifunctional super maneuverable Su-35S fighter, the American fighter stopped dangerous maneuvers
The Russian Defense Ministry has called the presence of the US air force in Syria illegal.

"An American F-22 fighter actively prevented the Russian pair of Su-25 attack aircraft from carrying out a combat mission to destroy the Daesh (also known as ISIL or ISIS) stronghold in the suburbs of the city of Mayadin in the airspace over the western bank of the Euphrates River on November 23. The F-22 aircraft fired off heat flares and released brake shields with permanent maneuvering, imitating an air battle," Major-General Igor Konashenkov, the Russian Defense Ministry's spokesperson said on Saturday.

The Defense Ministry has commented on the US claims on the Syria's airspace, explaining that most of the majority of near-misses between US and Russian planes in Syria and in the area of Euphrates were connected with the Washington's attempts to hinder Daesh defeat, Sputnik reported.

"The statements of the US Army representatives that a part of the Syrian airspace belongs to the US is puzzling," Konashenkov stated, reminding the Pentagon that "Syria is a sovereign state and a member of the United Nations, therefore, the United States does not own any part of sky".

At the same time, he noted that "after the appearance of a Russian multifunctional super maneuverable Su-35S fighter, the American fighter stopped dangerous maneuvers and hurried to move into Iraqi airspace."

The ministry's representative has also noted that the US has failed to give any answer to the Russian command at the Hmeymim airbase in Syria "concerning this and many other incidents in the Syrian sky," the general added.

The statement was made in wake of The New York Times newspaper's Friday's report, citing US commanders as expressing their concern over a possible collision between Russian and US warplanes over Syria, which might take place because of alleged violations of the deconfliction deal by the Russian side dozen times a day since the agreement had come into force.

"It’s become increasingly tough for our pilots to discern whether Russian pilots are deliberately testing or baiting us into reacting, or if these are just honest mistakes… The greatest concern is that we could shoot down a Russian aircraft because its actions are seen as a threat to our air or ground forces," Lt. Col. Damien Pickart was quoted as saying by the media.

Col. Jeff Hogan, deputy commander of the air operations center at the Qatar base, told the newspaper that he had daily phone calls with Chief of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov, but because of occasional misunderstandings, he had to make additional calls.

According to the newspaper, that the military explained Moscow's actions by the desire to entrench the positions of the Syrian army and cement its territorial acquisitions ahead of the peace talks aimed at ending the seven-year war.


  1. Moscou : L’aviation de la « Coalition internationale » illégale entrave les raids menés sur les positions de « Daech » en Syrie..

    Le ministère russe de la Défense a affirmé que l’aviation illégale de la « Coalition internationale », conduite par les Etats-Unis, avait œuvré pour entraver les raids menés par les avions de combat russes sur les positions du réseau terroriste « Daech » dans la région est.

    Dans un communiqué, le porte-parole du ministère, le général Igor Konachenkov, a affirmé que la plupart des cas du rapprochement entre les avions de combat russes et américains au-dessus du bassin du fleuve de l’Euphrate étaient des tentatives, menées par l’aviation américaine, pour entraver l’élimination des terroristes de « Daech ».

    Il a ajouté qu’un chasseur américain « F-22 » avait entravé, le 23 novembre dernier, l’opération de deux avions de combat russes « Su-35 » au-dessus de la rive ouest du fleuve de l’Euphrate alors qu’ils menaient un raid sur des positions fortifiées du réseau terroriste « Daech » dans la banlieue de la ville de Mayadine.

    Le responsable militaire russe s’est étonné des déclarations de l’armée américaine disant apprendre qu’il y a un espace pour les Etats-Unis dans l’espace aérien syrien, surtout que la « Coalition internationale » opère dans l’espace aérien syrien d’une façon illégale, appelant les représentants du Pentagone à se rappeler que la Syrie est un pays souverain et membre de l’ONU.

  2. “Our carefully considered military assessment is that Daesh is still present on both sides of the Euphrates River, and therefore Coalition surgical strikes continue on the East Bank of the Middle Euphrates River Valley in support of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF),” a CJTF-OIR representative told Sputnik...

    “We know that Russian and Syrian regime aircraft are continuing their strikes on the west bank of the Euphrates River, between the towns of Mayadin and Abu Kamal [Al Bukamal], so it is likely that [Daesh] has yet to be cleared from that area,” the spokesman added. He emphasized that the Pentagon disagrees with the Russian assessment.

    The Pentagon also dismissed allegations that the US Air Force is hampering Russian military operations in the country, stating that only the actions of American pilots in Syria have had any meaningful success in defeating the terrorists there.

    On Saturday, Russia’s defense ministry accused the US Air Force of interfering in its air operations over Syria. The Russian military cited one such interference, saying, that on November 23, a US F-22 fighter prevented two Russian Su-25 strike aircraft from bombing an IS base to the west of the Euphrates River.

    “Most close-midair encounters between Russian and US jets in the area around the Euphrates River have been linked to the attempts of US aircraft to get in the way [of the Russian warplanes] striking against Islamic State terrorists,” Russian military spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov noted.

    “Those claims are incorrect,” the Pentagon representative told Sputnik Saturday. “The US-led coalition, not the Russian Federation or Syrian Regime, is the only force that has made meaningful progress against [Daesh/ISIS].”..............


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