Russia demands U.S. to remove warplanes from Syria immediately: Fox News
Russian diplomats sent an official demarche ordering U.S. planes out of Syria, adding that Russian fighter jets were now flying over Syrian territory, top U.S. official told Fox News.
U.S. military source told Fox News that U.S. planes would not comply with the Russian demand: "There is nothing to indicate that we are changing operations over Syria," he said.
"We have had every indication in recent weeks that (the Russians) were going to do something given the build-up," another defense official added.
Read alsoRussia deploys 28 combat aircraft in Syria, to send 2,000 military personnelThe move by Moscow marks a major escalation in ongoing tensions between the two countries over military action in the war-torn country and comes moments after Russian lawmakers formally approved a request from the country's president, Vladimir Putin, to authorize the use of troops in Syria.
The Russian demand also mirrors one made by Turkey this past July, when Ankara asked U.S. planes to fly only in airspace south of Mosul, Iraq. In that case, 24 Turkish jets bombed Kurdish positions, catching the U.S. off guard.
As UNIAN reported earlier, upper house of Russia's parliament green-lighted on Wednesday the use of Russian military force in Syria following the request of military assistance by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad addressed to Russian President Vladimir Putin.