Russia demands probe of US downing Syrian aircraft

Director of the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia Maria Zakharova (Photo by Nikita Shvetsov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Russia wants the United States to investigate its downing of a Syrian military aircraft in Raqqa province over the weekend, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday.

“We demand a thorough investigation by the US command of the incident and to take the necessary measures to prevent the occurrence of similar situations in the future,” Zakharova told reporters at a weekly briefing.

On Sunday, the US-led coalition said it shot down a Syrian Su-22 fighter-bomber south of the city of Tabqah after the Syrian aircraft allegedly attacked the positions of the US-allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Damascus said the Syrian aircraft was performing tasks against the Islamic State terrorist group.