December 22, 2017
Russia is being accused by the Pentagon of deliberately provoking an encounter with U.S. aircraft in the skies over Syria.
According to reports, two U.S. F-22 fighter jets intercepted Russian aircraft, warning them off with flares when the jets wandered over restricted territory.
Last month, both Washington and Moscow agreed to stay on opposite sides of the Euphrates River to prevent such collisions.
Now, U.S. officials are blaming Russia for intentionally violating the agreement.
Russia denies its aircraft violated the airspace, saying the incident happened west of the river.