US fighter intercepted an Iranian airplane
On Thursday, the Russian Permanent Representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, stated during a meeting of the UN Security Council that the USA should immediately end their occupation of the Syrian oil facilities. «Once again we call on the USA to immediately end the occupation of Syria, and to return the Syrian natural resources to their own government, which can ensure the environmental protection» — said Vasily Nebenzya. He mentioned the publications in the Western mass media that «the barbaric methods of the US oil production could lead to an environmental disaster in north-eastern Syria and Iraq». «Syria loses up to $ 40 million monthly due to the lack of the access to their oil fields. Returning the access back to the Syrian government would be a better help from the USA than the donor contribution, announced during a conference in Brussels» — Vasily Nebenzya concluded.
2 Iran — the USA
The ‘Fars’ news agency reported that two American fighter planes came close to an Iranian passenger plane in the skies over Syria. The passenger plane was heading to Lebanon — it successfully landed in the Beirut airport, where it refueled, and then returned to Tehran. As a result of the forced maneuvers of the passenger plane — 3 passengers and several crew members were injured. The ‘Reuters’ reported while citing their sources in the US government, that the American F-15 fighters kept a safe distance from the passenger airplane. The official representative of the Central Command of the US Armed Forces, Bill Urban, told to the ‘TASS’ news agency that the escort of the Iranian airplane was carried out as a part of the operation ‘Unwavering Determination’, which is being carried out in Syria by a group of countries, led by the USA, in the area of the Al-Tanf zone, where an American military base is located.
3 Iran — the USA
The Iranian Vice President for the Legal Affairs, Laya Joneidi, stated that the actions of the US Air Force against the Iranian passenger airplane violated the air travel safety rules. She added that the US actions violated the Convention on the International Civil Aviation. «The actions of the US fighters against the ‘Mahan Air’ aircraft, namely the interference with the passenger aircraft over the territory of a third country, is a blatant violation of the safety of the air travel» — the IRNA news agency quoted her words. The USA announced that the US Air Force F-15s escorted the Iranian airplane one kilometer away, according to the international regulations. After identification of the airliner as a ‘Mahan Air’ passenger airplane — the F15s moved away to a safe distance.
The Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, commented on the actions of the US Air Force against the Iranian passenger airplane by saying that the «criminals» must be stopped before a catastrophe takes place. The spokesman for the Guardian Council of the Iranian Constitution, Abbas Ali Kadhodai, announced that Tehran must respond to the actions of the US Forces against the Iranian civilian airplane in the skies over Syria, and the responce must not be limited by the legal methods. «This act of terrorism by the USA, which has been confirmed by the government, requires both a legal and an additional response» — the Iranian spokesman wrote on Twitter.
5 China — The USA
The Chinese Foreign Ministry stated that the Chinese authorities demanded the USA to close the US Consulate General in Chengdu, Sichuan province, in South-western China. «Regarding the details of the closure of the American consulate in Chengdu, we would like to specify that these measures are an equal response. The measure is fully in line with the international law» — said the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin. He underlined that the USA «still have time to correct their mistakes.» China insists that «the USA must immediately take action and cancel their decision to close the Chinese Consulate General in Houston» — the diplomat concluded.