Any US missiles fired at Syria will be shot down, launch sites targeted – Russian envoy to Lebanon

https://www.rt.com/news/423774-us-missiles-targeted-russia/
The Russian military reserves the right to shoot down missiles and destroy launch sites in the event of US aggression against Syria, Moscow’s envoy to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin has warned.
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US President Donald Trump receives a briefing from new National Security Adviser John Bolton (R) at the White House, April 9, 2018 © Carlos Barria

Zasypkin stressed that “the Russian forces will confront any US aggression on Syria, by intercepting the missiles and striking their launch pads,” al-Manar TV website reported, citing the envoy.

Speaking to the channel, the ambassador also said that the allegations of a chemical attack were being used to justify “offensive acts” in Syria, while “the US and Western escalation against Syria will lead to a major crisis.”

The statement comes after Washington threatened a “forceful response” against Syria after an alleged chemical attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma on Saturday. The US was quick to pin the blame on the Syrian government, basing its accusations on unverified data and images, including reports from the infamous, rebel-linked White Helmets ‘civil defense’ group.

On Tuesday, the UN Security Council failed to pass three consecutive resolutions calling for an investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria. A Russian-sponsored draft backing a fact-finding mission at the site by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is the latest to have been rejected by the body.

As the initiative was voted down by the US, the UK, France and Poland; Russia’s UN envoy Vassily Nebenzia once again called for the West to “refrain from the plans which you might be harboring with regards to Syria.”

READ MORE: UNSC fails to pass 3 resolutions on Syria ‘chem attack’ as Russia calls for restraint

Earlier on Tuesday, the OPCW announced that is preparing deploy its team to Douma “shortly” to investigate the reports of an attack there. Earlier, Russian specialists at the site had found no traces of chemical weapons or any victims treated for chemical poisoning.

While US President Donald Trump is weighing up options, reports emerged signaling that Washington is beefing up its forces in the Middle East. On Monday, the guided-missile destroyer ‘Donald Cook’ departed the port of Larnaca in Cyprus, reportedly heading towards Syria. Meanwhile on Wednesday, the USS ‘Harry S. Truman’ aircraft carrier, accompanied by strike groups, is scheduled to set sail for a “regular” mission to the Middle East and Europe.

READ MORE: Europe air traffic control issues alert over ‘possible air strikes on Syria within 72 hours’

Meanwhile, Eurocontrol – an EU body tasked with handling air traffic over the continent – issued a Rapid Alert Notification, warning flight operators in the Eastern Mediterranean about “the possible launch of airstrikes into Syria with air-to-ground and/or cruise missiles within the next 72 hours.”

While the West is poised for a military response to the alleged chemical incident in Syria, Moscow is warning against further destabilization of the region. Russia hopes that all the sides will “avoid any steps which are not provoked by anything in reality and can substantially destabilize the already fragile situation in the region,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated on Wednesday.

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2 Comments on “Any US missiles fired at Syria will be shot down, launch sites targeted – Russian envoy to Lebanon”

  1. joopklepzeiker Says:

    Moscow to Trump: Are ‘smart’ missiles an attempt to destroy alleged chem attack evidence in Syria?

    Smart missiles should fly towards terrorists, not [Syria’s] lawful government, which has spent several years fighting against international terrorism on its territory,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said in response to Trump’s tweet on Wednesday.

    https://www.rt.com/news/423807-moscow-trump-syria-missiles/

  2. joopklepzeiker Says:

    Is this direct confrontation good for Israel , and what if this escalate in something worse like the use of tactical nukes ?
    If this end up in the use of strategical nukes it will be a reboot earth .
    I can not make a damage assessment but just my 10 cents : Israel will be damaged, Europe will be damaged , Russia will be damaged , Iran will be damaged but what about the USA , how effective is the USA rocket shield .( nuclear sub,s ??)
    Can somebody make a better damage assessment ?

    Please let them be so smart not to attack Russian soil, that would be an all out for Russia .


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