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Russia will shoot down US missiles fired at Syria and target launch sites, warns ambassador

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It could trigger a major escalation in the Syrian conflict

09:16, 11 APR 2018Updated12:54, 11 APR 2018

ByTom Perry
Mikey SmithPolitical reporter

Donald Trump warned he is 'one step away from military clashes with Russia' after Syria blitz

US missiles fired at Syria will be shot down, and launch sites targeted, a Russian ambassador warned today.

The measures threatened by Alexander Zasypkin, Russia's ambassador to Lebanon, could trigger a major escalation in the Syrian conflict.

In comments broadcast on Tuesday evening, said he was referring to a statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian armed forces chief of staff.

The Russian military said on March 13 that it would respond to any U.S. strike on Syria, targeting any missiles and launchers involved in such an attack. Russia is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's most powerful ally

"If there is a strike by the Americans, then...the missiles will be downed and even the sources from which the missiles were fired," Zasypkin told Hezbollah's al-Manar TV, speaking in Arabic. He also said a clash "should be ruled out and therefore we are ready to hold negotiations".

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday cancelled a planned trip to Latin America later this week to focus instead on responding to the Syria incident, the White House said. Trump had on Monday warned of a quick, forceful response once responsibility for the Syria attack was established.

Experts have noted that the weapons on show include the S-400 missile system, the S-300 missile system, as well as a short-to-medium range surface-to-air missile, the Pantsir-S1.

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