MOSCOW, October 11. The defense Ministry asked the military attaché of the UK to provide an official explanation on the fact of information on how to resolve attacks on aircrafts of the Russian Federation in Iraq.
“Today the military attaché at the British Embassy in Moscow was invited to the defense Ministry where he was handed a note requesting official clarification on the fact was published in the British media with reference to senior sources in the defense Ministry of this country of information received about the alleged pilots of the Royal air force guidance “in the case of threats to their lives” to use against Russian aircraft weapons to defeat”, – reported in Management of the press service and information of the defense Ministry.
According to the military establishment, the British military attaché reported that the information has not promised to provide an official response soon.
Permission to attack Russian planes
Earlier the London Sunday newspaper the Daily Star Sunday, citing its own sources at the British defense Ministry claimed that “aircraft “Tornado” Royal air force was equipped with missiles “air-air” and received the go-ahead to shoot down hostile Russian aircraft”.
According to one of the newspaper’s sources, “when the jets fly at supersonic speed in the airspace becomes crowded very quickly”, for that reason “may be a collision, or the Russian pilot can be shot down by mistake”.
The request of the Russian Ambassador to the UK
Previously, the concern over such reports in the media expressed the Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko and urgently sought clarification in the British foreign office.
The Russian diplomat also expressed surprise “hypothesis of potential conflicts of aircraft in the UK and Russia in the skies over Iraq.” “As you know, Russian aircraft not involved in the strikes against the Islamist positions in the territory of that state. For its part, the British aviation is not involved in antiepilepsy coalition strikes in Syria. The question is, what’s the point of such provocative stuffing? Whose morale they are intended to raise?”, – he pointed out.
In Iraq with the U.S. air force engaged in combat planes from Australia, the UK, Jordan, Canada, the Netherlands and France, in Syria – Australia, Bahrain, Jordan, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and France.
Iraq may seek the assistance of the Russian Federation in the fight against IG
The government of Iraq may prompt Russia “in a few days or weeks the” air strikes on the positions of militants of the extremist group “Islamic state” (IG), which are located on the territory of this middle Eastern country.
On 7 October, reported Reuters citing the head of the parliamentary Committee on defense and security Hakim al-Zamili.
“We will probably be forced soon to ask Russia about carrying out air raids in Iraq – he said. – I think it will happen in the next few days or weeks and will depend on their (Russian) success in Syria.”
According to AZ-Zamili, Baghdad wants Moscow was a more serious role in the confrontation “Days” (Arabic name of the IG) in Iraq, than Washington. “We strive to ensure that Russia played a large role in Iraq, and, Yes, of course, greater than the Americans,” he said.
Russia’s actions in Syria
Russian aerospace forces 30 September, began to inflict pinpoint strikes on targets of terrorists in Syria, acting at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In addition to aviation, Russia used cruise missiles long range “Caliber”, launched from four ships of the Caspian flotilla of the Russian Navy. To participate in a ground operation in Syria Russia has no plans.
Chronicle of the conflict in Syria. Dossier