Russia Warns Against US Strike on Syria

Clay Curtis
April 12, 2018

When asked Wednesday about Moscow's reaction to a possible USA strike on Syria, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russian Federation hoped all parties in the conflict will refrain from taking "steps that could gravely destabilize the fragile situation in the region".

In a tweet responding to the threat, President Trump said: "Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria".

This image released Sunday, April 8, 2018 by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, shows a child receiving oxygen through respirators following an alleged poison gas attack in the rebel-held town of Douma, near Damascus, Syria.

In a follow-up tweet, Trump said America's relationship with Russian Federation "is worse now than it has ever been".

In a now-infamous news conference in 2012, Obama said that if Assad was found using or moving chemical weapons, "that would change my calculus" over whether to strike Syria.

Sanders said Trump has made a decision to stay in the United States to "oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world".

The Syrian government denies being behind any use of chemical weapons.

"Syrian President Bashar Assad is in Damascus, we plan to meet with him, discuss the situation and back the people of Syria in their war on terror", Sablin, who is visiting Syria, told reporters.

The Pentagon does not have an aircraft carrier in the area at the moment, which focuses attention on the U.S.S. Donald Cook or the U.S.S.

Russian Federation and Syria quickly responded to Trump's threat on Wednesday.

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Tweeted Trump: "Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria".

Trump had repeatedly said he would not telegraph military moves against foes such as North Korea and Islamic State.

Donald Trump on Wednesday gave Russian Federation advance warning that missiles will be coming.

For the USA and France, failure to meaningfully intervene in the conflict would expose them as powerless in the face of Russian aggression, and unable to abate the suffering in Syria even with strong political will.

The United States and Russian Federation presented separate draft resolutions on investigating the alleged chemical attack in Syria to the UN Security Council - but both resolutions were vetoed.

Syrian medical staff take part in a training exercise to learn how to treat victims of chemical weapons attacks, in a course organized by the World Health Organisation in Gaziantep, Turkey, July 20, 2017.

Asked about Trump's tweet about an impending attack on Syria, former Defense Secretary William Cohen, who ran the Pentagon for President Bill Clinton, said on CNN that it "compromises the mission somewhat".

The U.S., France and Britain have been in extensive consultations about launching a military strike as early as the end of this week, U.S. officials have said.

Ali Akbar Velayati, the top adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said during a visit to Damascus on Tuesday that an Israeli attack on an air base in Syria earlier this week would "not remain without response".

Around the same time Obama announced his intention to strike Syria in August 2013, saying: "after careful deliberation, I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets".

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