The Australian defense announced on June 20 the suspension of its air missions in Syria, after Russian warnings following the destruction of a Syrian fighter by an American plane.
“As a precautionary measure, strikes by the Australian Defense Forces [ADF] in Syria have temporarily stopped,” a spokesman for the Australian Army said in a statement.
— Al-Masdar News (@TheArabSource) June 20, 2017
“ADF personnel are closely monitoring the air situation in Syria and a decision on a resumption of ADF air operations in Syria will be made in due course,” the Australian spokesman said, adding that Australian military operations would continue in Syria. Iraq.
No justification is given for this decision, which nevertheless takes place while relations between Moscow and Washington have deteriorated further because of the conflict in Syria.
Australia suspends air strikes in Syria: Government
— News Summed Up (@newssummeduphq) June 20, 2017
The Syrian army announced on 18 June that the international coalition had shot down one of its combat planes while “carrying out a mission against Daesh” in the province of Raqqa.
On 19 June, Moscow announced the suspension of the channels of communication with the United States on the prevention of air incidents in Syria, accusing Washington of having failed to “warn” the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian army that it was going to shoot down a plane of the Syrian army.
— RT France (@RTenfrancais) June 19, 2017
The Russian Defense Ministry said that the “planes and drones of the international coalition spotted west of the Euphrates would be tracked and considered as targets by land-based anti-aircraft means as well as airborne devices “.