Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Escalation in Syria - 06/19/2017

No More Games: Russia Vows to Track and Target Any US Aircraft 'West of the Euphrates'
Moscow sends a crystal-clear message to Washington: The games in Syria are over
The S-400s are ready

19 June, 2017

We didn't believe it at first, but it's true: Russia's Defense Ministry says it will target any aircraft from the US-led coalition flying west of the Euphrates.

In the areas of combat missions of Russian air fleet in Syrian skies, any airborne objects, including aircraft and unmanned vehicles of the [US-led] international coalition, located to the west of the Euphrates River, will be tracked by Russian ground and air defense forces as air targets,” the Russian Ministry of Defense stated.
The announcement comes after the US shot down a Syrian jet near Raqqa. Washington says the Syrian jet had dropped bombs near US-backed forces, but Damascus insists the plane was downed while flying a mission against Islamic State militants. 
This basically means that Russia is now taking complete control of most of Syria's airspace:
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Russia says it will not target any unauthorized aircraft flying west of the Euphrates River
Moscow has also cut its military communication line with the US in Syria. 
We hope Washington gets the memo this time. Because it doesn't sound like Russia is bluffing. 

Russian military halts Syria sky incident prevention interactions with US as of June 19 – Moscow


Russian military halts Syria sky incident prevention interactions with US as of June 19 – Moscow


RT,
19 June, 2017

The Russian Defense Ministry announced it is halting cooperation with its US counterparts in the framework of the Memorandum on the Prevention of Incidents and Ensuring Air Safety in Syria following the coalition’s downing of a Syrian warplane.



The ministry has demanded a thorough investigation by the US military command into the incident with the Syrian government military jet, with the results to be shared with the Russian side.



In the areas of combat missions of Russian air fleet in Syrian skies, any airborne objects, including aircraft and unmanned vehicles of the [US-led] international coalition, located to the west of the Euphrates River, will be tracked by Russian ground and air defense forces as air targets,” the Russian Ministry of Defense stated.


Downing the military jet within Syrian airspace “cynically” violates the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic, Russian military said.
The actions of the US Air Force are in fact “military aggression”against Syria, the statement adds.

The ministry emphasized that Russian warplanes were on a mission in Syrian airspace during the US-led coalition’s attack on the Syrian Su-22, while the coalition failed to use the communication line to prevent an incident.

The command of the coalition forces did not use the existing communication channel between the air commands of Al Udeid Airbase (in Qatar) and the Khmeimim Airbase to prevent incidents in Syrian airspace.”

The ministry considers the move “a conscious failure to comply with the obligations under the Memorandum on the Prevention of Incidents and Ensuring Air Safety in Syria,” and is thus halting cooperation with the US within the memorandum framework as of June 19, the statement concluded.


Earlier Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov condemned the attack, branding it an act of aggression which actually helped the terrorists the US is fighting against.

The US-led coalition downed the Syrian government warplane on Sunday. At the moment of the attack the jet was carrying out operations against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) some 40km from Raqqa, the Russian Defense Ministry said. 

The pilot ejected from the plane above IS-controlled territory and is still missing.

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Iran sent a clear message not only to ISIS but to the US and Israel.
Yesterday, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards launched a ballistic missile attack on terrorist targets in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor Governorate.

The attack on ISIS targets is of course legal as Iran is a member of the Syrian led anti-terrorist coalition which includes Russia. The attack also came as the Iranian and Chinese navies were conducting joint military drills in the Persian Gulf.

Iran clearly wanted to send a strong message that US, Israel and Saudi intimidation would not deter Iran from exercising its legal right to self-defence along with its regional allies.

Iran’s Perss TV has released this amateur video from Syria showing the moment Iranian missiles hit their targets




These drills send a clear message to Saudi Arabia whose forces are no match for Iran and which could be easily obliterated by China.

A contingent of the Chinese Navy, the second biggest and in many ways the most modern in the world, has entered the Persian Gulf for joint exercises with the Iranian Navy.


These were even stronger words than those which earlier came from Sergey Lavrov.

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has condemned the US downing of a Syrian jet in Syria using even stronger language than Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Lavrov stated that the US must coodinate its campaign in Syria with Russia and others while calling on the United States to respect Syrian sovereignty.


See what the western mainstream is saying

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