British Foreign Office denies media reports that British pilots have permission to fire upon Russian warplanes in Iraq

London has characterized local media reports on the rules governing combat actions by the Royal Air Force in Iraq as inaccurate.

Combat flights of the Russian aviation in Syria. Source: Mil.ru

London has characterized local media reports on the rules governing combat actions by the Royal Air Force in Iraq as inaccurate.

"We can confirm that our Moscow Defense Attache met with the Russian Ministry of Defense on Oct. 12. The Russian government sought clarification over inaccurate newspaper reports concerning RAF rules of engagement in Iraq," a Foreign Office official told Interfax.

The military attache visited the Russian Defense Ministry on Oct. 11.

The British newspaper Daily Star Sunday reported on Oct. 11, citing sources in the British Ministry of Defense, that the NATO pilots involved in operations against extremists in Iraq had been warned about the need to return the fire if they are attacked by Russian warplanes.

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