The situation in Syria has gotten a lot more complicated this past week, as US-coalition forces shot down a Russia-backed fighter jet after repeated warnings.
So much for the Trump is a Russian puppet narrative.
The Russian jet repeatedly bombed near US-backed forces and was warned to stop, but didn’t listen. In response to the incident, the Russian Defense Ministry said:
“Any aircraft, including planes and drones of the international coalition, detected in the operation areas west of the Euphrates River by the Russian air forces will be followed by Russian ground-based air defense and air defense aircraft as air targets.“
As reported at the Conservative Tribune, the US has now responded to this irrational new policy of the Russians.
“We are aware of the Russian statements,” Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said Monday morning.
“We do not seek conflict with any party in Syria other than ISIS, but we will not hesitate to defend ourselves or our partners if threatened,” Davis said.
A spokesman for the US-led coalition forces said that Russia’s tantrum will have no effect on operations moving forward.
“Coalition aircraft continue to conduct operations throughout Syria, targeting ISIS forces and providing air support for coalition partner forces on the ground,” said Col. Ryan Dillon, chief U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad.
Dillion also indicated that the US will be avoiding areas where Russia said US planes would be tracked as potential targets, as not to escalate the situation any further.
There currently is what’s called a “de-escalation hotline” available for the US and Kremlin to communicate through over serious issues.
While both nations are opposed to each other’s agendas in the region, this line of communication is vital if both want to prevent something unnecessary from happening.
Both Dillion and Russian officials have expressed the same sentiment, saying that it’s unlikely that a direct confrontation will occur, so long as both sides remain vigilant and are open to communication.
Trump supporters clearly expressed a strong desire to not get entangled in Syria, however, the president has been for more aggressive in his policy than he said he would be.
If he’s not careful, a needless catastrophe could occur that permanently sours and escalates the tension between Russia and the US., which is something we simply don’t need right now.
America has enough of its own problems. We should be focused on fixing them, rather than playing risky games in a region that has little to do with us.
Source: Conservative Tribune