War With Russia? Russians Announce Any US Warplanes Flying Over Syria Will Be Treated as ‘Targets’

Is the escalating conflict in Syria setting the stage for World War 3 with Russia? On Sunday, a U.S. Navy F-18 shot down a Syrian Army SU-22 near Raqqa. This represents a major escalation by U.S. forces because this is the very first time that the U.S. military has shot down a Syrian warplane since the civil war began back in 2011. Needless to say, the Russians were not pleased by this at all. In fact, according to the Independent the Russians have just announced that all U.S. warplanes flying over Syria will now be treated as targets by the Russian military:

Russia has said it will treat U.S. warplanes operating in parts of Syria where its air forces are also present as “targets” amid a diplomatic row caused by the downing of a Syrian jet.

The country’s defense ministry said it would track U.S.-led coalition aircraft with missile systems and military aircraft, but stopped short of saying it would shoot them down.

A hotline set up between Russia and the U.S. to prevent mid-air collisions will also be suspended.

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