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F-35 Fighters of US Coalition in dangerous proximity to Russian Su-35 aircraft in Syrian airspace says Russian Admiral

Australian F-35 Lightning II

In a recent incident over the region of Al-Tanf, two F-35 fighter jets belonging to the US coalition approached two Russian Su-35 aircraft in Syrian airspace, was stated by the Russian press agency TASS which is controlled by the Russian Government. The incident, which occurred on August 14 between 12:35 and 12:50, saw the F-35 fighters dangerously close to the Su-35s, which were conducting a routine flight along the southern border of Syria. Deputy Head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria, Rear Admiral Vadim Kulit, confirmed the incident.

“During the specified time, at an altitude of approximately 9,100 meters over the Al-Tanf area, two F-35 fighters from the coalition approached two Russian Su-35 aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces. The Russian pilots, displaying a high level of professionalism, promptly took the necessary measures to prevent a collision with the coalition fighters,” stated Rear Admiral Kulit.

The incident highlights ongoing concerns over potential aviation incidents and exacerbating tensions in Syrian airspace, as coalition actions continue to create hazardous conditions. The Russian side underscores the need for responsible conduct and adherence to established safety protocols to prevent any inadvertent escalation. This is not the first incident between US and Russian aircraft. It is waiting for the moment that the situation will escalate badly.

It’s noteworthy that TASS, a state-controlled press agency, is reporting this incident. Observers note that the narrative presented by TASS aligns with a broader pattern observed in Russian media where instances involving US, European, and NATO forces are frequently highlighted to paint them in a negative light, potentially serving Russia’s geopolitical interests. As the situation unfolds, will closely monitor developments, providing insights into the evolving dynamics of international relations and security.

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