Russia Slams US Downing Of Syrian Jet As "Act Of Aggression" And "Support For Terrorists"

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Russia slammed yesterday's downing of a Syrian fighter jet by the US-led alliance - the first such escalation since the start of the conflict in 2011 - which CENTCOM said was "in defense of partners from the Syrian Democratic Forces", with Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov saying on Monday the attack was an "act of aggression" and assistance for terrorists that the US is fighting against.

What is it then, if not an act of aggression, an act directly in breach of international law,” Ryabkov told journalists in Moscow, quoted by Russia's RIA news agency.

“If you want, it’s actually help for the terrorists the US is fighting, declaring that they are conducting a counterterrorism policy,” the deputy foreign minister added.

Ryabkov said he believed the strike “should be first of all regarded as the continuation of the US agenda of neglecting the norms of international law. Regardless of who has power in Washington, people there are used to the fact that there are circumstances allowing them to arrogantly look down on – and in some situations, to openly ignore – the basics of international relations.”

As reported on Sunday, a Syrian SU-22 warplane was shot down by a US F/A-18E Super Hornet on Sunday while it was on a mission in the countryside around Raqqa. Damascus stated that the plane was carrying out routine operations against ISIS terrorists when it was downed.

A statement by the Syrian Army released on Syrian state television said the plane crashed and the pilot was missing. The army statement said it took place on Sunday afternoon near a village called Rasafah. The "flagrant attack was an attempt to undermine the efforts of the army as the only effective force capable with its allies ... in fighting terrorism across its territory," the Syrian army said.

"This comes at a time when the Syrian army and its allies were making clear advances in fighting the Daesh (Islamic State) terrorist group," it added.

The U.S. Central Command later issued a statement saying the Syrian plane was downed "in collective self-defense of Coalition-partnered forces," identified as fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near Tabqah. Washington says that the Syrian warplane “dropped bombs near SDF fighters south of Tabqah” - which may or may not include members of various al-Qaeda spin off groups, and was shot down in accordance with “rules of engagement” of Coalition partnered forces.

Before it downed the plane, the US said it had "contacted its Russian counterparts by telephone via an established "de-confliction line" to de-escalate the situation and stop the firing."

Below is the full statement that CENTCOM issued justifying the escalation.

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ali_baba's picture

Come on Putin, just nuke America already. All you have to do is make some of the green stuff available for any muzza and they will happily do the rest. Your hands will be clean.

svayambhu108's picture

Trump, was just the trump card in the hand of the elite

Big Twinkie's picture

More like Mad Dog Mattis.  Time to put the mad dog down.

Looney's picture


Because of this incident, Russia has pulled out of the Deconfliction Agreement in Syria.

I don’t think they will start downing our planes just yet, but I betcha, our drones are about to start falling out of the skies.


E5's picture

There is no such thing as a "deconfliction" agreement.  Russia has made that point.

Tarzan's picture

sshhhh, people are sleeping....

J S Bach's picture

Just as Mosaic Law - when wielded by the self-chosen - does not apply to the goyim... neither does International Law.  The tribe gets what it wants... and whatchagonnadoaboutit suckers?!

Tarzan's picture

Bahhhh, yet another boring war crime....


Common ZH, get with the program, it's all the rage, can't we get something about Phelps jumping the Great White shark?

ogretown's picture

Although an action by Syria and its allies is certainly warranted, I would hope for now at least that Putin is not tempted to take this kind of dramatic action as it not a measured response. At the same time it would be a good move for Russia to work tirelessly to form a global consensus highlighting the fact that America's actions in the Middle East qualify as war crimes.  Flagrantly aiding and abetting ISIS should make everyone sit up and take notice.     

peterk's picture

Russia has made so many peaceful gestures to the US over the years.. the US just farts in their faces agaon and again.

i saw oliver stones  putin interviews, putin  says again and aagain...  "we helped the US in this and that, allowed that and this, assited them etc" and  yet the US double crossed us , lied to us, tricked us.

The problem witht he US is that th eMIC is in controll, and washington is just a   TV show for the public,  so it looks like the POTUS is in control.

Trump basically legalised what obama was doing.. lettingt he US military do what ever  the hell it pleases because the US military is NOT controlled by   the people.

IT was eisenhower i beleive who warned of this all.. theMIC grwoing out of control.

There is no salvation for the US  except AFTER  total destruction in  a WAR.. then  the peope can MAYBE mop up the mess...... if any of you  survive..


peterk's picture

this comment form  ali_bab gets  double the  negative votes than poisitive from zerohedge

its 9 +, 15-... as i write.... seems alot of yanks here not liking  what the US is doing and your getting scared.

Rightfully so, you should be scared. THe USA has never had  WAR on their soil, but  now TECHNOLOGY has changed and secind rate  nations can easily send over a  ICBM to  the USA ..

See how the US likes WAR for a change after creating WAR in every corer of the  globe  for the last 50 years.US citizens ciuldnt care less about what the  MIC does overseas, well maybe a nbice nuke in your major cities will change that attitude.

Undersand this, the US is  hated around the world, you will get it one day and get it food.. its only a matter of time, technology will eventually allow  someone to hit you  and this time 911 and pearl harbour will look like a scratch.

Erek's picture

The uninvited guests are making themselves known - again.

Could be big trouble when the bouncer comes to evict the party-crashers.

Abitdodgie's picture

cannot wait to see CNN cover this     ............NOT

Yogieu's picture

Russians and Syrians should fly together. It would increase striking power of joint assault in first place, and give Syrians effective umbrella against such attacks by US.

lakecity55's picture

Russkies need to fly with the Syrian AF and use their ECM.

Russian ECM can take out ANY USAF aircraft.

USAF has NO defense vs. Russian ECM.

lakecity55's picture

Time for the S-500, dudes.

The US will continue its agression until they lose aircatft.

juicy_bananas's picture

With coalition partners like these, who needs enemies?

2banana's picture

America shot down a Syrian military plane in Syrian airspace.

The Syrian plane is part of the Syrian military which is the legitimate government of Syrian and is internationally recognized as such.

The plane was attempting to bomb insurgents (American backed) that would love to kill and replace Assad with an ISIS 'lite" government.

Under what insane authority does America have to do this?

And what would the American people think/do if this happened in the United States?

Winston Churchill's picture

American pople and thinking should never be in the same sentence.

Wahooo's picture

Tje American people believe the MIC. It is their god. There is no going back.

The Wizard's picture

The question is, who has control of the military and who is giving orders? The Deep State will not dissolve and go away peacefully.

Why is it that posts on the birther issue were removed:

Donald doesn't need to mention the birther issue. The evidence is in and firmly concludes the birther issue is fact and the "birth certificate" is a forgery. Nuff said, watch the video and learn.

fleur de lis's picture

Trump wanted out of this quagmire during the campagn, so that gave the MIC/Deep State enough time to spin a web for his entrapment.

All of these wild charges and leaks serve the purpose of tying up Trump while the real power mongers continue their attacks on Syria and increase troops to guard the opium fields.

It is not a coincidence that opioid problem is skyrocketing but the MSM is too stupid to make that connection.

Can anyone imagine the reliably ignorant Mika or her baby sitter Joe discussing the Afghani opium fields?

First they would have to familiarize themselves with Afghanistan itself but they are too lazy for that, so since everything they know is fed to them it is thus faulty.

Then they dutifully pass on the perverse fairy tales to an equally uninformed audience.

Of course the MSM concubines are so hateful of Trump that they gladly peddle the lies without realizing that they are only well paid sluts.

They fancy themselves knowledgeable about all things DC but in fact they are thick as planks -- nothing more than overpaid gossipers.

They are emotional, uninformed, ill read, NWO smart asses who think their Deep State connections are telling them what really goes on.

The few who understand that they are court concubines dare not speak up or lose their big, fat, hefty, undeserved paychecks.




The Wizard's picture

Good answer to the question. It follows my train of thought of the administration realizing they are being attacked from multiple angles and warding off bogus attacks. While so doing they are collecting evidence to come out with guns blazing. The question is if the MIC will deep six those against them.

I would bet the pedos and traffickers are laying low worried what may befall them.

Got The Wrong No's picture

The Countries only hope is that which you speak is true, but I fear that TPTB out way the righteous. 

fleur de lis's picture

The Administrati knew that the DC Swamp was a vile place in dire need of draining, but I don't think that they understood its depths of depravity, nor the well connected, well dressed, well to do but poisonous creatures thriving therein, nor the vast reach of their Deep State tentacles.

Nor did they factor in the seething MSM hatred for all things conservative, traditional, Republican, or even Constitutional.

Nor did they ponder the treachery of seemingly benign groups who sap the tax money of American taxpayers because they can.

The rot goes far deeper than any of us ever imagined.



cherry picker's picture

The USA has lost any respect I may have had for it at one time.  Forty years ago I used to love it, no more.

I am just a normal person, If I am feeling this way about the USA, how many others share the same view?

To me, the American military represents the same values as the German forces in WW2.  Arrogant, think they own the world, possessing illegal weapons and are basically evil in purpose and intent.

Wahington DC needs to be taken down more than a few notches.  It will take time, but I am sure in the future the USA will be regarded as other countries who were once world powers are regarded today.

Once respect is gone, it is basically over.

Spiro The Greek's picture

I feel you brother but to me right now is the opposite. I used to be anti-american due to the same reasons as you but Trump's election changed that and gave me hope that the next real social revolution will come out from where I least expected..the USA. I that can actually defeat media and professional politicians....Trump!!

Amd then he goes does this same shit protecting Saudis and been double faced.

2banana's picture

1. Never equate the soldiers to the politicans.

2. The Germans of WWII never had the insane Rules of Engegments (ROE) that the average American grunt has to deal with it.  Like you can't shoot a known Taliban terrorist, even with a weapon, unless he become a "threat."

3.  All you need to know:

“Why, of course, the people don't want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship.”
-- Hermann Göring

new game's picture

agreed; and therefore usa is NOT a democracy or even a representative government of the people.

call it what you want. it is out of control. not sure we the people get it back. when so many are pro millitary with lack of critical thinking abilities. the brainwashing permeates  our culture right on down to hiring preferences. very fuked up. the mic has morphed this nation into a terrorist empire. and that is from the perspective of the nations under attack whilst fighting a phoney war against "terrorists" which the usa created. as trump would say, very very fuked up...

ThirteenthFloor's picture

US land of opportunity /s

Where else can your father fund the Nazi's with his Union Bank, spend a few years in the slammer, then get out become a Senator, have a kid that becomes president, and a grand kid that becomes president. Now that's juice and power...

Or where else can you fly out weapons fly in drugs in your local Arkansas airbase, get the highway patrol to bring you girls to have sex/rape and become yes...president. Now that's coverup...

Land of opportunity.

Mr Hankey's picture

Fuck soldiers .Soldiers rape, torture & kill children. Fuck you  too fat, stupid, 'murcan mudfucker.

gespiri's picture

I feel the same much so that I've started the process of renouncing my citizenship, ESPECIALLY IF SOMETHING BAD HAPPENS TO THE POTUS.  

Clearly, the establishment don't want him (he wasn't the chosen one) and are trying every trick in the book to de-legitimize him.  As they grow desperate with each failure, what do you think will be their last resort?  And a bigger issue will be among the brainwashed liberals/socialists who will applaud when this happens.

equity_momo's picture

If the entire establishment didnt want him , he would already be gone.  SOMEONE in the establishment is happy with him.

Trump isnt an outsider.  To SOME in the establishment he just stepped on the wrong toes and enterered their turf and theyre pissed.

This is just another mafia family fight. American politics is run by dynasties and Trump just gatecrashed the Clinton(and Bush) dynasty. That doesnt mean he is an outsider or everyone in the establishment hates him. That would be a Ron Paul.


ThirteenthFloor's picture

+1. It has taken me a long time and a lot of reading to gain a full perspective on America post WWII. Your connection between Germany circa WWII and US is well founded. Operation Sunrise, Operation Paperclip, brought them here, and many got a get out of jail card from Nuremberg. Dulles family had big impact on all this. If NYers only knew Reinhard Gehlan watched the World Series shortly after the war right beside them...then...listen to the Kay Griggs interviews (her husband was a Major in NATO)...Bush, Harriman and Warburg and the German financing is very revealing...the Wall Street 17 case as well.

US today is about destruction and decay, we no longer build and create.

Stone's Interviews with Putin are excellent, particularly the last hour....four US presidents and Putin says 'Nothing Changes' you still have the "American Buracracy" which is not happy until were all in the cemetary. His parting words for Stone....I will not spoil.

PrivetHedge's picture

Same here, I used to think Vietnam was a blip but now I see how it fits in with what we really did to Korea and all those other wars now come into a new focus as I now see them for what they are: abuses of power, colonialism and occupation.

At least back then the average american had a good life, but today that has gone too, Israel has run the US into the ground and hollowed it out, I'm not sure if's it's deliberate or just greed and incompetence: but the cancer is beginning to kill the host now.

Maybe that's what Russia is really waiting for: then the US aggression problem goes away.

JuliaS's picture

"We all know what war criminals look like. They look like Goebbels. But what did Goebbels look like to the Germans?"

- Robert Newman

oncemore's picture

40 years ago they have been shitting in their pants, because of Leonid Breznev a Stalin type of leader.
And yes, those times they have been symphatetic to me as well, despite Disneyland and the joke called Hollywood.

Spiro The Greek's picture

You see this is where you Americans lose me and the rest of the civilised are you doing shooting down Syrian aircraft? We all know who is right on this one and going fighting Assad is plain stupid!! Come on!!

MS7's picture

Unfortunately this action will not lose America's puppet leaders in Europe, nor the sleeping European people nor the brainwashed American people. If anything, the European puppet leaders will applaud because they are in on the game. The Democrats might complain that the US did not also strike a Russian warplane. As for the rest of the world besides the US and Europe. they already know the US military is the greatest threat to peace.

JuliaS's picture

We are not world policemen. Police respects jurisdiction. We don't. We take out rivals to expand the turf. We are the world mafia.

Lost in translation's picture

I tend to think only Russia is technologically capable of giving the US a broken nose and lost teeth.

But will they ever do it?

Colonel's picture

Putin will eventually call their bluff after the MIC shoots down a Russian fighter jet.

Boomberg's picture

They already have and Russia did nothing but install S400 systems near their Syrian airbase. If Russian anti-aircraft systems even lock on to US warplanes they will be taken out. Then what will Russia do? It's a matter of egos and which one is wiiling to start WWIII first. So far Putin hasn't wanted to play.

Colonel's picture

"So far Putin hasn't wanted to play."

 One thing I know about Russians you push them and they will "play".

curbjob's picture

The responsibility to prosecute America's war criminals,  present and  past, rests squarely on the shoulders of the American people.

Judging by our continued celebration of lesser evil over evil, I'd say we're a long way off from dismantling the killing machine. 

NickPeeMe's picture

Nothing like starting WW3 to distract us from the imcompetnce and crimes of Donald J. Trump.

Spiro The Greek's picture

And then you woke up with a soy latte in your hand and a lilly up your bum.