Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

Can Russia Really Shoot Down US Missiles in Syria?

Can Russia Really Shoot Down US Missiles in Syria?

"There must be a debate and vote in the House of Commons ahead of any military action". Trump tweeted, referring to Moscow's alliance with Assad.

In a tweet responding to the threat, President Trump said: "Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria".

If that softer option doesn't work, the Russian military could use an array of its state-of-the-art air defense assets in Syria to target the USA cruise missiles or drones.

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said the Pentagon is ready to provide options for a Syria strike in response to the suspected chemical attack, but noted the US and its allies are still gathering information.

Oil prices jumped to their highest level in more than three years on Wednesday after Trump's missile warning, and U.S. stock index futures fell sharply amid alarm over possible Russian-U.S. conflict over Syria. France and the United Kingdom have agreed that action should be taken against whoever was behind the attack, but have stopped short of pointing the finger of blame squarely at the Syrian regime.

Eurocontrol has warned airlines about flying in the eastern Meditteranean because of Syria.

Other western leaders have been much more cautious in the language they have used to describe the apparent chemical weapons attack.

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Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday, vowing that "smart" missiles "will be coming".

Slowly but surely the ground is being prepared for war.

Meanwhile, the Syrian government has put its forces on "high alert" amid the looming threat of a United States military response.

Trump spoke by phone with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

The Ministry of Defence refused to comment on reports that a submarine had been dispatched to the Mediterranean - but it would be surprising if this had not been done. Lieutenant-General Viktor Poznikhir of the General Staff of the Russian armed forces said Russian military police will deploy to Douma today to allegedly protect the town.

Russian state news agency RIA Novosti quoted Andrei Krasov, deputy chairman of the State Duma's defence committee, as saying Russia would treat a U.S. airstrike on Syria "not just as an act of aggression but a war crime of the Western coalition".

Some lawmakers have expressed reservations about taking military action now, but others have come to believe the 2013 vote was a mistake.

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But Conservative MP Chris Philp told BBC's Newsnight that although a vote was "desirable", events can move too fast and it was not a necessity.

US officials tell The Associated Press that the allies have weighed launching a military strike as early as the end of this week.

"I wouldn't make any assumptions about the vote", he added. He warned that Russian Federation and the USA will quickly find themselves in a major conflict if they allow a collision in Syria to happen.

"They have threatened us a thousand times".

He warned that without a strategy the action was "gesture bombing" and would be "really dangerous". U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, have since reported around 10 suspected chemical attacks of varying scale and certainty.

"We are not surprised by such a reckless escalation from a regime like the United States which has fostered and continues to foster terrorism in Syria", a foreign ministry official said, according to state news agency SANA.

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