US President Donald Trump on Wednesday warned the Russian government of nice and smart missile attack on Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack which killed at last 40 people.
Trump’s warning comes after the Russian government issued warnings to the US against the military strikes in Syria.
Trump wrote on Twitter, “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart! You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!”
Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018
There were no further details of what the strike would look like, or what kind of missiles will be used. The tweet came after the Trump administration had consulted Russia over a possible joint military response to Syria’s chemical gas attack. President Trump had cancelled a foreign trip to manage the Syrian crisis.
However, the Russian lawmakers have warned the US that a possible airstrike on Syria will be seen as a war crime, which could instigate a direct military clash between the two former Cold War nations. Russia’s ambassador to Lebanon said, “Any missiles fired at Syria would be shot down.”
President Emmanuel Macron said France, the US, and Britain will decide collectively on how to respond in the coming days. Macron had called for a ‘strong and joint response’ to the attack on Syrian city Douma on Saturday in which at least 40 people were killed.
Meanwhile, the French President does not need a parliamentary permission to launch a military operation as it is already involved with the US-led coalition, which was created in 2014 to fight the Islamic State (IS).
On the other hand, Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, told reporters that he and Trump see ‘eye to eye’ on the Syria issue.
The Emir said, “We cannot tolerate with a war criminal. This matter should end immediately.” Qatar hosts the US’ main air operations centre for the Middle East.
In response to Trump’s tweet, Moscow government had said they should target ‘terrorists’ and not ‘legitimate government’ in Syria.