Published on Oct 12, 2015
Moscow is calling for London’s clarification of a report that suggests the British leadership has permitted its pilots to target Russian jets over Iraq. Russia’s Ambassador to London has expressed concern over the report, but rejected a potential conflict between British and Russian aircraft in the skies over Iraq. Alexander Yakovenko said the hypothesis is incomprehensible as Russian jets aren’t involved in attacks on terrorist targets in Iraq. Earlier, a British defense source was quoted by The Daily Star as saying that British and NATO pilots had been given a clearance to shoot down Russian jets over Iraq. Russia launched airstrikes against Daesh terrorists in Syria at the request of President Bashar al-Assad, last week. The move, however, has drawn harsh criticism from Western governments and their regional allies which accuse Moscow of targeting the so-called moderate opposition groups.