Airlines diverting passenger planes amid risk of U.S. strike on Syria

12 April, 2018, 07:44 | Author: Terri Saunders
  • Prime Minister Theresa May

Meanwhile, Russia's ambassador to Lebanon said any USA missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launch sites targeted - a step that could trigger a major escalation in the Syrian war.

The public suggestion of United States military confrontation with Russian Federation is sure to raise tensions in an already volatile situation and add more confusion to U.S. policy in the region.

"The only thing I worry about is that it's not going to happen", he said about a possible military response.

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

Trump wrote on Twitter.

Trump also has blamed supporters of Assad in Iran and Russian Federation for the attack. He suggested, "stop the arms race?" There is no reason for this.

At another point, Trump blamed the bad relationship on Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russians who sought to influence the 2016 presidential election through hacks and fake news.

Trump has been weighing his course of action in Syria following the suspected chemical attack, which he described as "sick" over the weekend.

Trump's condemnation of the apparent chemical assault on the rebel-held Syrian town of Douma raised the prospect of US military retaliation nearly a year after he ordered a cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base after a similar poison gas attack.

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"We stand ready to provide military options if they are appropriate as the President determined", he said.

She also ordered British submarines to move within missile range of Syria in readiness for strikes against the Syrian military that could begin as early as Thursday night, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported. Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova posted that "missiles must fly towards terrorists, not a legitimate government that has been fighting worldwide terrorism in its territory for several years".

Russian lawmakers earlier warned the USA that Moscow would view an airstrike on Syria as a war crime, saying it could trigger a direct military clash between the two former Cold War adversaries. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said the country hoped that all sides would avoid steps that could destabilise the already fragile situation in the war-torn country.

The Syrian government calls all opposition groups "terrorists", and has accused Washington of backing terrorism, including Islamic State militants.

"If there is a strike by the Americans, then the missiles will be downed and even the sources from which the missiles were fired", Mr Zasypkin told Hezbollah's al-Manar TV.

The latest threatening bellicose tone from the White House, and the pressure from the military not to give Russian Federation time to prepare its air defenses inside Syria, raises questions about whether the United States would wait for a British parliamentary endorsement for action.

The military can also fasten "smart" guidance kits on existing "dumb" missiles to outfit them with the capability to hit specific targets.

Moscow's reaction will most probably be limited to public condemnation, if the USA does not target the Russian military, according to Korb.

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