US Air Force General: Su-34s of the Russian Aerospace Forces are constantly circling over our base in Syria

The leadership of the US Central Command (USCENTCOM) is alarmed by the fact of a serious deterioration in the operational situation in the zone of responsibility of the US military contingent in the Al Tanf base area in southeast Syria. This was told to the American television channel NBC News by Lieutenant General Alexus G. "Grynch" Grinkevich (Alexus G. "Grynch" Grynkewich), who is in charge of the air force component of USCENTCOM, and who is also the deputy commander of the joint task force and Operation Unwavering Resolve.

We are talking about a sharp increase in the number of overflights by combat aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces, equipped with various weapons, of the mentioned military facility and its environs. According to the military commander, in March, which has not yet ended, the Russians have already carried out 25 “dangerous and provocative violations”, which contradict the agreements of 4 years (2019) ago between Moscow and Washington to prevent escalation in the region.

US Air Force General: Su-34s of the Russian Aerospace Forces are constantly circling over our base in Syria

In February, Russian planes did not appear at all in the indicated area. In January, 14 such cases were recorded. Grinkevich called what is happening a significant increase in the activity of the aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces in the area, which proportionally increases the likelihood of an unintended escalation between the two powers. At the same time, he stressed that the Russians have no reason to attack American targets.

He clarified that Russian Su-34 fighter-bombers “in combat kit” were flying over the “American security zone”. They were armed with various aviation weapons, including air-to-ground and air-to-air ammunition.

Grinkevich added that the Americans tried to contact the Russians to protest their actions, but they were "cynically ignored." The Russian command stated that it did not intend to stop flights over At-Tanf and over the territory of the SAR as a whole, since it was acting at the invitation of the Syrian government. They do not recognize the airspace over At-Tanf as a "US area of ​​responsibility." At the same time, the Russians explained their flights as a "reaction to the actions of the coalition" in the area.

The general drew attention to the fact that the flights of the Russians have not yet affected the operations of the United States and its allies in Syria. However, this may happen in the foreseeable future, since everything suggests that the Russians have refused to fulfill their obligations under the joint rules of conduct for the military in the airspace over the SAR. At the same time, the Russians continue to insist that the United States should not approach their military facilities in Syrian territory.

In fact, it distracts from the fight against ISIS *. <...> I'm not worried about open hostilities, I'm worried about miscalculations, unprofessional or immature actions on one's part. In my entire career, I have never seen such a disregard for agreed protocols and rules for resolving conflicts. So what we are seeing right now is completely unique.

- summed up Grinkevich.

Note that in 2019, the US Central Command was recognized as a terrorist organization by the Supreme National Security Council of Iran.

* – terrorist organization banned in Russia.
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  1. Oleg Apushkin Offline Oleg Apushkin
    Oleg Apushkin (Oleg Apushkin) 23 March 2023 19: 30
    Mattress terrorists steal all the oil, you need to close the shop.
  2. In passing Offline In passing
    In passing (Galina Rožkova) 23 March 2023 20: 57
    Yankees go home. Oborzeli, already area of ​​responsibility and central command. Yes, this is all over the world. And in general, freedom to Texas!
  3. zuuukoo Offline zuuukoo
    zuuukoo (Sergei) 23 March 2023 22: 00
    They are circling.
    And why not circle, if it is safe and the Americans are guaranteed not to shoot down. For now.
    For some reason, they don’t circle over Kiev like that.
    And they don’t even circle over Bakhmotoartemovsky. Although it is already full of quite real targets in the form of columns of armored vehicles.
    1. nov_tech.vrn Offline nov_tech.vrn
      nov_tech.vrn (Michael) 25 March 2023 15: 53
      Do you lack the density of fire in Artemovsk or the caliber of ammunition? The point is to substitute when you can work without entering the air defense zone. And in Syria, they are struggling with constipation among the "zaluzhny" so that they do not forget that this is not their land
  4. Boniface Offline Boniface
    Boniface (Leo) 24 March 2023 09: 21
    This military base is located on the territory of Syria, without the permission of the country's authorities. Americans were not invited there. am
  5. Anrey Offline Anrey
    Anrey (Andrey) 24 March 2023 20: 01
    Damn, how interesting! And how simple everything is! Like, how is it that these Russians are violating the agreements!!!??? What is it!!! We are squandering oil here, sorry - we are fighting ISIS !!! And such a bummer!
    I hope and even believe that in the near future, we will finally finally get off the stove ... I see the Wings of Our Eagle on Europe. wink
  6. Denisimo Offline Denisimo
    Denisimo (Denis) 24 March 2023 20: 14
    Points became) for some reason, you can fly over the Black Sea near the borders of the Russian Federation, but you can’t disturb mattresses under any pretext) Hegemony Mlyn)
  7. Alexander Dutov Offline Alexander Dutov
    Alexander Dutov (Alexander Dutov) 26 March 2023 04: 51
    Indeed, why have we kept the group in Syria for so many years. Yes, even during the SVO.
  8. lord-palladore-11045 (Konstantin Puchkov) 27 March 2023 15: 18
    Just in the previous article, the Americans complained about the lack of an advantage in the sky for the Armed Forces of Ukraine, since they have no advantage over their base, and at the same time the whole world is taught to someone how to live, they are completely presumptuous.