US concerned Russian aircraft behavior could spark clash over Syria

US F-22s intercept Russian jets over Syria, fire warning flares

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the United States jets fired warning flares during the intercept of the two Russian Su-25 close air support jets according to the officials after they crossed the de-confliction line multiple times.One of the officials said a Russian Su-35 fighter jet was also involved and that the aerial encounter lasted “several minutes.”The official stated that coalition officers called their Russian counterparts about the incident via the pre-established de-confliction hotline.US Air Forces Central Command told CNN last week that Russian aircraft had crossed the de-confliction line near the Euphrates River six to eight times a day in late November, something that US officials said prompted concerns of a clash between coalition and Russian aircraft.

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