Russia Threatens To Strike U.S. Launching Sites If Trump Attacks Syria

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Russia vowed not only to shoot down incoming U.S. missiles but also to strike the launch sites that send them.

Following President Donald Trump’s Wednesday morning tweet warning Russia that missiles “will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’” in response to an alleged chemical attack in Syria, Russian officials promised a military response of their own should Trump’s threat become a reality.

According to the Daily Beast, Russia said it will not only shoot down incoming U.S. missiles but will also strike the launch sites from which they originate.

Russia’s ambassador to Lebanon told Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV: “If there is a strike by the Americans, then...the missiles will be downed and even the sources from which the missiles were fired,” but added that Russia is willing to hold talks to avoid conflict.

At present, Trump’s words remain a threat with no concrete action planned, but the president has cancelled a trip to South America this week in part to continue assessing how the U.S. will respond to the situation.

Moscow's UN envoy Vasily Nebenzia has warned Washington that it will "bear responsibility" for any "illegal military adventure" it carries out in Syria, while European air traffic control has warned airlines to exercise caution in the eastern Mediterranean due to possible air strikes into Syria over the coming days.

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