On Monday, Russia's Ministry of Defense accused the USA 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.
Colonel General Sergei Surovikin, Commander of the Russian forces in Syria, speaks, with a map of Syria projected on the screen in the back, at a briefing in the Russian Defense Ministry in Moscow, Russia, Friday, June 9, 2017.
USA -backed Syrian militias accused the Syrian government on Monday, June 19 of bombing their positions southwest of Raqqa city in recent days and threatened to retaliate if the attacks continue, Reuters reports.
Syria said that the fighter jet that was downed was on a combat mission against Islamic State.
Monday's tensions between Russian Federation and the USA erupted after a US fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane, the first such incident in Syria's more than six-year-old civil war.
The attack comes after pro-Syrian forces attacked SDF fighters in Ja'Din, wounding a number of SDF fighters, officials said. The spokesman made clear, however, that the United States would continue to "work with partners" to counter the threat of the Islamic State in Syria.
Felgenhauer added that this happened various times before the latest incident when U.S. planes came close to Russian bases in Syria.
Syrian attacks have targeted SDF areas near the town of Tabqa and the adjacent dam, said Selo. Following the pro-Syrian forces attack, the coalition called its Russian counterparts "to de-escalate the situation and stop the firing", according to the statement.
The missile attack came amid recent confrontations in Syria between US -backed forces and Iranian-backed pro-government factions.
The incident was the latest skirmish between the US-led coalition and regime forces in the increasingly tense and crowded space in Syria's north and east. The coalition said the Syrian warplane had been shot down "in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of Coalition partnered forces".
The latest development from the more than six-year-long civil war in Syria is sure to escalate global tensions even more, just as the Islamic State has begun losing ground in the so-called caliphate. "His fate is unknown", the statement said.
The U.S. has been providing air and ground support to the Syrian Democratic Forces, a collection of different groups that have been the U.S. government's main partners in the fight against ISIL in Syria.
"The only actions we have taken against pro-regime forces in Syria ... have been in self-defense", he said.