President DOnald Trump in front of West Wing in White House today(Photo: Associated Press)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s response to Syria’s suspected chemical attack on civilians (all times local): 11:45 a.m. The Kremlin spokesman has commented on President Donald Trump’s tweet warning of an imminent missile strike on Syria by saying that Moscow doesn’t engage in Twitter diplomacy. President Donald Trump waits(picture) at the main entrance to the West Wing for the arrival of the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Russian battle ships are guarding the Coast of Syria wednesday night.

 

Russian War Ships Guarding the Coast of Syria(Photo: TASS)

Will shoot down missiles

The Russian Navy is reportedly scheduled to launch firing drills off the coast of Syria on Wednesday amid fears of an imminent U.S. airstrike against Syria following a suspected chemical attack.

Russia’s ambassador to Lebanon said the Russian military would shoot down U.S. missiles and target launch sites if the U.S. attacked Syria on Wednesday. U.S. President Donald Trump later directly warned Russia that missiles were “coming” to Syria after blaming Damascus for an alleged deadly gas attack in the town of Douma.

Missiles will come

Trump said Wednesday that missiles «will be coming» in response to Syria’s suspected chemical attack, adding «Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!'» President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in televised remarks that «we don’t participate in Twitter diplomacy.» He added that «we support serious approaches and keep thinking that it’s important not to make any steps that could further destabilize the already fragile situation.»

He says claims of a chemical attack were fabricated and «can’t serve as a pretext for any forceful actions.» Earlier, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry responded to Trump on Facebook, saying missiles would destroy «all evidence» of the attack. Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova posted that «missiles must fly towards terrorists, not a legitimate government that has been fighting international terrorism in its territory for several years.»

Airstrike is a war crime

Russian lawmakers have warned the United States that Moscow would view an airstrike on Syria as a war crime, saying it could trigger a direct military clash. Trump didn’t say whether he was referring to a U.S. military strike. But he has threatened military action in response to Syria’s suspected chemical attack, which activists and rescuers say killed at least 40 people. The Syrian government and its ally Russia have denied that such an attack ever happened.

Discussing with Britain and France

Officials of the Trump administration have been discussing with officials of France and Britain a possible joint military response to Syria’s alleged poison gas attack. U.S. officials tell The Associated Press that the allies have weighed launching a military strike as early as the end of this week. The White House says President Donald Trump has decided not to attend a summit in South America this week to remain in the U.S. to manage the crisis. In the past Trump has vowed to stand up to Syrian President Bashar Assad. Trump has suggested that he has little doubt that Syrian government forces are to blame for what he says was a chemical attack, but neither he nor other administration officials have produced hard evidence. Syria denies the accusation, rites Associated Press.

Donald Trump furios after the gas attack in Syria( Photo: Associated Press)

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