Photos recently circulated on social media featuring U.S. fighter jets painted in Russian colors have fueled debates about the underlying causes.
Analysts expressed concerns about potential false flag airstrikes that might be conducted by U.S. Air Force on Syrian targets in order to blame on Moscow.
Canadian journalist Christian Borys, who first published the photos on his official Twitter account, noted out that the painting is a common practice of a standard training.
However, social media activists accused the United States of scheming false flags attacks in order to hold Russia responsible.
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Tensions between the two super powers have dramatically escalated recently, with each accuses the other of obstructing a solution for the Syrian crisis.