The US national security council (NSC) has confirmed that on Tuesday morning Russian armoured car rammed a U.S. military vehicle in Syria.
The incident took place near a location it described as “Dayrick” near the Turkish and Iraqi borders.
The White House called “unsafe and unprofessional” behaviour when patrols from the two countries’ militaries confronted each other in north-eastern Syria.
“During this interaction, a Russian vehicle struck a Coalition mine-resistant ambush protected all-terrain vehicle (M-ATV) causing injuries to the vehicle’s crew,” NSC spokesman John Ullyot said.
“To de-escalate the situation, the Coalition patrol departed the area. Unsafe and unprofessional actions like this represent a breach of de-confliction protocols, committed to by the United States and Russia in December 2019.”
In a video shared on social media on 26 August, Russian military vehicles are seen nudging and harassment U.S. armoured vehicles that were trying to overtake them.
At the same time, Mi-8 helicopter and Mi-35 multirole gunship of Russia’s Aerospace Force provided cover for Russian military convoy.