Minister of defense James Mattis said that the Pentagon will check, was made a flight of Russian su-25 in Syria, intentionally or by mistake, according to The Washington Post, citing Assoсiated Press.
According to the head of the Pentagon, between Russia and the United States contacted by telephone to coordinate military flights in the skies over Syria.
Mattis added that he expects «perfection» in flight and «dangerous maneuvers».
We are talking about the incident, which happened in Syria East of the Euphrates river in the middle of December. According to the American side, the pilots of American fighters F-22 used the arms to make two Russian su-25 to leave a coherent air zone in Syria. According to an unnamed Pentagon official, «nothing extraordinary» was not in it.
According to the defense Ministry, a Russian fighter jet su-35S «rapidly came to the F-22 from rear hemisphere» and forced to fly an American plane that firing heat traps «created interference» attack.
The military conflict in Syria lasts since 2011. In September 2014 operation start against ISIL coalition led by the United States. In September 2015, the conflict was joined by Russia, which supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
In October 2015, a Memorandum was concluded on the prevention of incidents and ensuring the safety of aviation operations in Syria, regulating the actions of all aircraft in the airspace of Syria. Russia has suspended a Memorandum on the avoidance of incidents of the United States April 7, 2017 in connection with a rocket attack on the United States airbase to the government troops in Syria.
On 19 June the Ministry of defence of Russia has stopped cooperation with a Pentagon Memorandum on the prevention of incidents in the skies over Syria due to the fact that the international coalition has shot down a Syrian military plane.
In November Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. air force under the pseudonym Oaks, piloting the F-22 Raptor, said that American pilots often see sudden, potentially dangerous manoeuvres of Russian fighters over the conflict zone in Syria and Iraq. According to him, the American pilots «closely watched» for them to be ready «to act at the slightest hint of confrontation».
Mattis said that the Pentagon will examine the circumstances of the air incident involving the su-25 and F-22 in Syria 16.12.2017