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Russia is looking to end the war in Syria—not escalate it
Tue, Jun 20, 2017 RI Staff 5,210

Let's all take a deep breath and start with the basics: Russia is not looking to pick a fight with the United States. But can it be provoked?

Yes, Russia says it will track and target ("paint") all aircraft flying west of the Euphrates. This means the Russians are just a button-click away from firing on US aircraft, but this doesn't necessarily mean they'll actually fire. (To be clear: This is hardly the first time Russia has "painted" US aircraft inside Syria.)

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