UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Russia has threatened to drop any US missiles fired at Syria and target its launch sites, while press reports said Washington was pressing its allies to support a possible strike in Syria.
“If the Americans launch a strike, then the rockets and even the sources of the rockets will fall,” the Russian ambassador to Lebanon, Alexander Zasypkin, said in remarks to the Al-Manar channel of the Lebanese Hezbollah group.
He added that this was based on statements by President Vladimir Putin and the chief of staff of Russia.
“The Americans and their allies are against the positive development of the liberation of the eastern Ghouta and they regard every achievement as a loss to them, and we have long been alerted to provocations on the subject of chemical weapons,” he said, claiming that the Americans were preparing for military strikes.
The comments coincide with a report in The Wall Street Journal that the administration of US President Donald Trump was involved on Tuesday in mobilizing international support for a possible military strike against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over the alleged chemical weapons attack on the city of Douma in the eastern Ghouta region recently.
Washington’s pressure on its allies has managed to garner initial support from Britain , France and Saudi Arabia , all of which have pledged a strong response to the US move.
The administration is seeking broad support for a response involving other countries, including a series of intensive strikes aimed at paralyzing the Syrian regime’s weapons-related capabilities and preventing it from carrying out further attacks using the weapon.
Both the United States and France have already deployed their warships equipped with ballistic missiles, making Syria in the crossfire, the report said.
Increased support for a unified strike suggests that the United States and its allies could launch a series of strikes more intense than the US attack on a Syrian airport last year.
For his part, said the Syrian regime’s representative in the United Nations, Bashar al-Jaafari, he expected the formation of a US-British-French military alliance to attack Syria.
Jaafari said in statements to Syrian state television after a meeting of the UN Security Council yesterday that attacking Syria is the idea of Western countries constantly, noting that these countries provided Arab countries not named weapons to involve them in the wars in the region.