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Armed Russian jets have been violating a 4-year-old agreement between the United States and Russia by flying over a U.S. military garrison in Syria nearly every day in March. This behavior, as reported by Lt. Gen. Alexus Grynkewich, the U.S. commander in charge of air operations in the region, risks escalating the conflict and is a cause for concern.
Violation of the Agreement
According to Grynkewich, the Russian overflight of At Tanf Garrison (ATG) happened just a few hours ago, and Russian jets have violated the airspace roughly 25 times so far this month. This is compared to zero times in February and 14 in January, making it a substantial increase in violation of the agreement.
Russian Aircraft and Weapons
Russian aircraft include Su-34 jets, which carry air-to-air weapons, and others carrying air-to-ground munitions. These weapons include radar-guided and heat-seeking missiles and bombs. The recent incident over the Black Sea, in which two Russian Su-27 fighter jets aggressively surrounded a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone, has further complicated this situation.MQ-9 Reaper drone, forcing the U.S. to down the drone in the water.Read more: Russian Jets Violate US Airspace In Syria: Risking Escalation