British and NATO pilots have been allowed to open fire in case if they are shot by Russian fighter aircrafts during missions in Iraq. But they are also instructed to avoid contact with Russian airplanes, Daily Star Sunday reports citing their sources in Defense Ministry of the UK, Joinfo.ua reports.
British fighter jets will be armed with air-to-air missiles and allowed to shoot down hostile Russian planes.
It should be noted, that the official confirmation of this has not been reported yet.
Earlier, the UK authorities have criticized Russian actions in the Syrian conflict. The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron said that Russia does not take into consideration the distinction between ISIS militants and the moderate Syrian opposition. After the speech of the PM, Russian Ambassador in London requested the UK for the coordinates of opposition.
It should be recalled that the Turkish Foreign Ministry reported that Russian military aircraft violated the country’s airspace twice on October 3-5. Russia’s ambassador was summoned for protests.
Later two U.S. military aircraft had to change flight course over Syria to ensure they could stay in a safe distance from a Russian fighter aircraft, Captain Jeff Davis, Pentagon spokesman said. It happened for the first time since Russia had conducted military air strikes at ISIS positions in Syria.
On October 8 Jens Stoltenberg before a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels said the main concern of the alliance is “escalating of Russian military activities” in Syria.