Pentagon calls on Russia to stop ‘reckless behavior’ in Syria

SpaceWar.com reports: “The Pentagon has called on Russia to stop its ‘reckless behavior’ in Syria after Russian jets harassed U.S. drones causing them to take evasive measures.

U.S. Central Command said three U.S. MQ-9 drones were conducting a mission involving Islamic State targets on Wednesday when, at about 10:40 a.m., they came under harassment from three Russian jets, which dropped multiple parachute flares in front of them.

Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said in a news conference Thursday that Russia’s behavior was ‘unprofessional and unsafe’ but reiterated that the U.S. focus in Syria is ‘purely on the defeat ISIS mission.’

‘We call on the Russian forces to cease this type of reckless behavior and to behave like professional airmen,’ Ryder said.

The Russian Defense Ministry said it was conducting joint drills with Syrian forces and that the U.S. drones violated airspace and deconfliction protocols…”

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