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How Russia has hinted it could react to US strikes in Syria: ANALYSIS

 

President Donald Trump on Wednesday in a Tweet told Russia to “get ready” for U.S. missile strikes in Syria, seeming to confirm that the United States will launch punitive strikes against the government of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad over the suspected chemical attack his forces are accused of carrying out.

 Trump’s Tweet appeared to have been prompted by comments from Russia’s ambassador to Lebanon, which were widely reported Wednesday morning, that warned Russia would fire not only on any U.S. missiles targeting Syria, but also the units launching them. Trump in his Tweet responded to what he said was Russia’s “vow” to shoot down “any and all” U.S. missiles targeting Syria.

Those comments set off some alarmed reactions that the looming strikes could spark a military clash between Russia and the U.S.

In reality though, how Russia will respond to the strikes on its ally in Syria is a subject of uneasy speculation in Moscow. Few believe the Kremlin is willing to engage in a military clash with the U.S., but years of aggressive bluster between the two countries and complex dynamics of Syria’s civil war seems to have created the discomforting sense that, now, it’s impossible to entirely rule it out.

“I believe that, of course, we’re not now in the position that we were at the peak of the Cuban Missile Crisis. We are still far from that,” said Andrey Kortunov, director of the Russian International Affairs Council, which has ties to the government. “But within that, I believe that now the situation is more dangerous than it has been since any moment the Trump administration came to power.”  Read More

 

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