US President Donald Trumptold Russian Federation in an early morning tweet to prepare for "nice and new and 'smart!'" missile attacks in Syria after an alleged gas attack on the last rebel stronghold in the country.
In a hardly surprising admission, an oft-cited Free Syrian Army (FSA) commander said the possible strike against Syria mulled by US President Donald Trump would play into the hands of militants seeking to topple Syrian leader Bashar Assad.
Prior to the tweet, Russian Federation said its air defenses would shoot down any incoming missiles and that its forces would retaliate against the source of any attacks.
"Our relationship with Russian Federation is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War".
In response, Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a Facebook post that "smart missiles should fly towards terrorists, not towards the lawful government".
Just two weeks ago, Trump was calling for US troops to withdraw fully from Syria, Coons added, and he thinks that partly created the current crisis.
"President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad", Trump tweeted.
The Syrian regime and the Kremlin both deny responsibility of the chemical attack and have questioned whether the attack even happened, despite footage from Douma with strong evidence suggesting a chemical attack.
Any countries that carry out a strike on Syria over the chemical weapons attack could also defend their action under Article 51 of the U.N. Charter, which covers an individual or collective right to self-defense against armed attack.
(AAP) The suspected chemical attack in Syria killed at least 40 people. The president also called Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who signed off on Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey past year, "conflicted".
After Assad's most recent alleged attack, Trump said that "nothing is off the table".
"It can possibly become an influence lever to push Russian Federation in order to start real negotiations", Hassoun said.
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