Britain Refutes Media Reports on Permission to Down Russian Jets in Iraq
13:24 12.10.2015(updated 13:25 12.10.2015)
The British Defense Ministry rebuffed media allegations that jet pilots of the Royal Air Forces were given the green light to shoot down - if necessary - Russian jets in Iraqi airspace.
'There is no truth in this story,' the ministry commented in its blog.
Earlier, the British tabloid Daily Star reported citing unnamed military sources that RAF pilots had been given license to shoot down hostile Russian jets in Iraqi airspace.
The Russian Embassy in England requested the UK Foreign Office's clarifications on the report. The Russian Defense Ministry delivered a note with the same request to the military attaché of the British Embassy in Russia.
Russia launched precision airstrikes against Islamic State (ISIL) targets in Syria last week at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow had not received any requests from Baghdad to carry out airstrikes against ISIL targets in Iraq.
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