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Russia warns US of war over Syria strikes

Moscow, April 13: Russia has warned the US that launching airstrikes in response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria could spark a war between the two countries and accused Washington of putting international peace at risk. “The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war,” Moscow’s UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said on Thursday. Western powers are thought to be preparing for strikes but Syria’s ally Russia opposes such action, the BBC reported on Friday.
Nebenzia said the situation was “very dangerous” and they “cannot exclude any possibilities”. There is a heightened “danger of escalation” because of the Russian military presence in Syria, Nebenzia said after a private meeting of the UN Security Council in New York. Senior Russian figures, including the head of the military, warned that US missiles will be shot down and their launch sites targeted if Russian personnel come under threat, the report said.
Nebenzia also called for the UN Security Council to meet again on Friday to discuss the possibility of Western military action. The White House said it was continuing to assess intelligence and talk to its allies on how to respond.
Trump had also said last week that Putin bore responsibility for the “atrocity” in Douma because of his support for the Syrian government. On Wednesday, the US President said the missiles were “coming”, but on Thursday he tweeted that he had “never said when”. It “could be very soon or not so soon at all”. (IANS)