American F-22 fighter jets have fired warning flares in Syrian airspace after Russian Su-25 jets entered an agreed upon deconfliction area, according to a US official.
The official told Reuters that the Russian jets left the area, which was above the Euphrates river, after the two US jets sent the warnings.
One official said that the aerial encounter lasted “several minutes”, as the Russian jets crossed the de-confliction line several times.
US Air Force Central Command has indicated in the past that Russia regularly crosses these lines, which were established in an effort to avoid conflict between US-colaition forces and Russian forces. Russia crossed the line near the Euphrates River six to eight times a day in late November, according to US officials, which prompted concerns then that there could be a clash between US and Russian forces.
Coalition officers, during the recent interaction, called their Russian counterparts on a pre-established de-confliction hotline, which eventually led …
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