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US-Russia tensions build as Moscow hits back at Trump’s Twitter missile threat

  • President Donald Trump warned Russia on Wednesday to ‘get ready’ for strikes on Syria
  • U.S. is still assessing intelligence as to whether the Assad regime is responsible for the gas attack that killed anti-government rebels and their children

US President Donald Trump warned Moscow via Twitter to “get ready” for incoming US missiles, despite a warning from the Russian military that it has vowed to shoot down such missiles fired at Syria.

“Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’ You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!” Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning, in a reference to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, called for calm.

“We do not participate in Twitter diplomacy,” Peskov was quoted as saying by Interfax.

“We support serious approaches. We continue to believe that it is important not to take steps that could harm an already fragile situation.”

Before this tension, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters that the U.S. is still assessing intelligence as to whether the Assad regime is responsible for the gas attack that killed anti-government rebels and their children.