Russian Federation suspends coordination with USA in Syria

Syria attacks America's allies against Islamic State militants.

The top US military officer says Washington is working to re-establish communications aimed at avoiding mishaps involving USA and Russian air operations in Syria.

On Monday, Russia's Ministry of Defense accused the US of "a cynical violation" of Syria's sovereignty, saying that Russian aircraft had also been carrying out combat missions in the same region - and that the coalition didn't use the deconfliction channels.

Dunford said the U.S. -Russia military hotline established under the 2015 memorandum has been useful. The U.S. goal remains de-escalating the conflict, but Spicer made clear that "we will always preserve the right of self-defense" should actions be taken against the U.S. or coalition forces.

The U.S. military confirmed a U.S. F-18 Super Hornet shot down Sunday a Syrian SU-22 after it dropped bombs near the U.S. partner forces, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, aligned with the Americans in the fight against the Islamic State group. The U.S. -led coalition said it acted in "collective self-defense" of partnered forces.

The Russian Ministry of Defense called the downing of the plane "a cynical violation of the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic" and "military aggression".

"We view these actions by the USA military as a deliberate failure to heed its obligations", the Defense Ministry said, adding that it was immediately suspending cooperation under an October 2015 agreement to ensure safe air operations over Syria. Liberty Nation correspondent Jeff Charles reported on the first American air-to-air kill since the 1999 Kosovo campaign and Russian Federation has since stated that US-led coalition aircraft will henceforth be seen as targets.

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"I'm confident that we are still communicating between our operations center and the Russian Federation's operations center", Dunford said.

The immediate effect on the US -led campaign against IS is unclear.

Russian Federation has been a staunch supporter of Syria's beleaguered President Bashar Assad and has been providing an air cover for this offensive since 2015.

A senior U.S. defense official tells CNN the so-called "de-confliction line" remains open with Russian Federation.

Syria's latest developments add significance to talks set for Friday in St Petersburg between senior US and Russian diplomats meant to focus on key differences in the relationship, such as Syria and Ukraine.

And a top Russian official called the U.S. downing of the Syrian plane an act of aggression that assists terrorists.

Russia's deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, said: "This strike has to be seen as a continuation of America's line to disregard the norms of global law".

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