The Russian Defense Ministry said that the US Air Force Central Command apologized for US planes flying close to Russian jets over Syria.
On October 17, a US’ AWACS plane violated rules and dangerously approached a Russian Su-35 jet over Syria, the ministry’s spokesman said.
“On October 17, the crew of a US aircraft E-3 AWACS pushed down by almost one kilometer from its height in violation of safety regulations and dangerously close approached a Russian Su-35 fighter jet in violation of all air safety rules in [Syrian] airspace near Deir ez-Zor,” Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.
Moscow is surprised by Pentagon’s attempts to shift the blame for the incident on the Russian Aerospace Forces, the general said.
Konashenkov said that Russian and US pilots cooperate to avoid dangerous incidents in Syrian airspace, adding that Moscow informed of the Su-35 jet’s route in advance.