Shortly after warning that missiles were coming, Trump tweeted that the U.S. "relationship with Russian Federation is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War".
Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for Russia's foreign ministry, responded to Trump's tweet Wednesday, saying any missiles launched in retaliation should target terrorists, not the Syrian government. Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and "smart!"
The strategic aim, the former official said, would be to raise the cost to Syrian President Bashar Assad for using weapons prohibited by worldwide treaty and to raise doubts in the minds of the military officers the next time he orders a similar attack. "It is not our way", Volodin said during an address to parliament in Moscow Wednesday, according to the Interfax news agency.
After the attack, the rebel group holed up in Douma - Jaish al-Islam - finally agreed to withdraw from the town.
His comments raised fears of direct conflict over Syria for the first time between the two world powers backing opposing sides in the country's protracted civil war, which has aggravated instability across the Middle East.
The same think tanks and their spokesmen had performed the same task repeatedly in the past in demonizing the peoples and governments of such countries as Libya, Iraq and Iran, as preparation before attacking them, just as they were doing to Russian Federation and Syria today, Pierce said. The United States and its allies believe chemical weapons were used.
British and French forces might be expected to take part in the response to the chemical attack, the former official said.
On Tuesday, Russia's ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin told Hezbollah's TV station Al Manar that if there was an American strike on Syria, they would be shot down and the launch sites would be targeted. Chris Coons, D-Del., said Wednesday, calling for the United States and President Donald Trump's administration to actively engage in a diplomatic strategy.