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Russian Federation doesn't see threat of direct confrontation with USA in Syria

Australian air strikes against ISIS targets in Syria have been halted as a precautionary measure after a U.S. fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane.

This weekend's fast-paced developments bring new urgency to easing escalating strains between Washington and Moscow, who are both fighting in Syria but with opposing objectives.

At the White House, spokesman Sean Spicer said: "It's important and crucial that we keep lines of communication open to deconflict potential issues".

It added that Russian warplanes were also operating in Syria's airspace at the moment of the attack, but the USA -led coalition didn't use the existing communication channels to warn the Russian military. We call on Russian Federation to continue to use these measures.

The U.S. Central Command said, however, that the Syrian plane bombed U.S. -backed forces and the action against it was "in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of Coalition partnered forces".

Australia has temporarily halted air operations over Syria after the United States downed a Syrian military jet that dropped bombs near US-led Coalition fighters in western Raqqa.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said of the US military action in Syria, "What is this, if not an act of aggression?"

In response, Russia's defence ministry said it would suspend coordination with the USA over deconfliction zones and begin tracking coalition jets operating in Assad-held areas west of the Euphrates river.

The Prime Minister pointed to "deconfliction arrangements" with Moscow, which are created to prevent mid-air incidents between coalition and Russian planes operating in the crowded airspace over Syria. It also issued what appeared a threat to target US coalition aircraft flying west of the Euphrates River.



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