Russian ambassador to Lebanon: Any US missiles fired at Syria will be shot down


Russia’s ambassador to Lebanon has said any US missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launch sites targeted.

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

“If there is a strike by the Americans then … the missiles will be downed and even the sources from which the missiles were fired,” he told Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV.

Meanwhile, Pan-European air traffic control agency Eurocontrol on Tuesday warned airlines to exercise caution in the eastern Mediterranean due to the possible launch of air strikes into Syria in next 72 hours.

Eurocontrol said that air-to-ground and cruise missiles could be used within that period and there was a possibility of intermittent disruption of radio navigation equipment.

US President Donald Trump and Western allies are discussing possible military action to punish Syria’s President Bashar Assad for a suspected poison gas attack on Saturday on a rebel-held town that long had held out against government forces.

Trump on Tuesday canceled a planned trip to Latin America later this week to focus instead on responding to the Syria incident, the White House said.

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