US President Donald Trump has warned Russia to ‘get ready’ for an attack on its ally Syria.
It comes after a gas attack in the war-torn country last Saturday was blamed on the forces of President Bashar al-Assad.
President Trump tweeted: ‘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!’
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- British submarines have been ordered to move within missile range of Syria in readiness for strikes against the Assad regime, The Daily Telegraph is reporting
- The White House has said President Trump has not laid out a timetable on military action against Syria, but is considering a range of options – not all of which are military
- The UN Security Council will meet over the Syrian crisis tomorrow after Bolivia, a non-permanent member, requested talks
- British Prime Minister Theresa May is ready to approve military action in Syria without seeking Parliament’s approval, the BBC has reported
- Russian ambassador to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov said the attack was a ‘staged event’ faked by provocateurs working with the White Helmets, a rescue and aid first-responder group
- The Syrian military has repositioned some of its air force to avoid damage caused by the promised American missiles, the US military explains
- President Vladimir Putin urges Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to take no action that could destablise Syria
- President Trump warns on Twitter that US-Russian relations are ‘worse now’ than they have ‘ever been’, including during the Cold War
- Tuesday: Rival US and Russian resolutions to determine responsibility for the attack in Syria suffer defeats at the United Nations
- Saturday: About 500 people – mostly women and children – are treated in hospital after a reported gas attack in Douma, a rebel-held suburb of Damascus
It comes after a gas attack in the war-torn country last Saturday was blamed on the forces of President Bashar al-Assad