Russia Will Suspend Cooperation With U.S. On Syrian Airspace

PhotoMOSCOW — Russia on Monday condemned the American military’s downing of a Syrian warplane and suspended the use of a military hotline that the United States and Russia have used to avoid collisions in Syrian airspace.
In response, Russia’s Defense Ministry called American attacks against the Syrian forces “military aggression” and announced that it will suspend its cooperation with the United States on preventing air incidents over Syria.
It was the first time the American military has downed a Syrian aircraft since the civil war plunged Syria into chaos in 2011.
An American F/A-18 shot down the Syrian government warplane south of the town of Tabhah on Sunday, after it dropped bombs near local ground forces supported by the United States.
The Russian military has halted such cooperation in the past — notably after President Trump ordered the launch of missiles against a Syrian air base in April — and it was not clear whether the latest action would be lasting.

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