Kremlin: US-led attack on Syria jet 'act of aggression'

Politics 6/19/2017, 11:55 AM
Kremlin: US-led attack on Syria jet 'act of aggression'

The United States-led coalition shooting down of a Syrian government warplane is an “act of aggression” and “help for terrorists,” aside from being a violation of international law, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Monday. The Kremlin official added that the US has a tendency to "arrogantly look down on the basics of international relations," regardless of who holds power in Washington.  

The jet was downed after reportedly dropping bombs near Syrian Democratic Force fighters, according to a statement by the US military. 

Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called on Washington to respect Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and urged the US to coordiante actions on the ground with the government in Damascus as well. 

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