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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Russia denies jets intercepted by US warplanes in Syria

The Russian Defense Ministry
The Russian Defense Ministry released a statement Thursday denying reports of an alleged “intercept” of Russian Su-25s by US F-22 fighter jets in Syria.


According to the Washington Examiner, the incident initially took place in the Syrian airspace east of the Euphrates river.

“Two F-22 went too close to two Russian jets so we had to use the de-confliction channels,” a CENTCOM official told Sputnik on Thursday. “This is not something extraordinary… It happens sometimes several times a day.”

A US official previously indicated that F-22 fighters fired warning flares to chase Russian Su-25s away from the airspace, however, the Defense Ministry’s statement adds that US jets attempted to interfere in a Russian aircraft mission to provide air cover for a humanitarian aid convoy.
Source: Sputnik, almasdarnews.com
 14/12/17

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