Top Russian General: Our Military Will 'Respond' If The US Strike Syria
US Ambassador to the UN 'threatened' action is met with Russian response
A top Russian general has warned that Russia will "respond" if the US strikes Syria, targeting missile and launchers in such attack, especially if lives of Russian servicemen are threatened.
The stark warning came a day after the US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley stated Washington was "ready" to "act" against Syria, like when it bombed a Syrian government air base following allegations of a chemical weapons attack.
“There are many Russian advisers, representatives of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides and servicemen in Damascus and at Syrian defense facilities,” the head of Russia's General Staff Valery Gerasimov said.
French President Emmanuel Macron also vowed that France's military is also ready to strike if it was to find "irrefutable evidence" of chemical weapons the being used on civilians in Syria.
PressTV reports: The US ambassador to the UN warns that Washington is ready to act unilaterally if the UN Security Council fails to act on Syria.
He said “the US plans to accuse the Syrian government troops of using chemical weapons, and to provide the world community with the so-called evidence of the alleged mass death of civilians at the hands of the Syrian government” and “Russia supporting it.”
Washington, he said, plans to launch a missile attack on government-held districts of the Syrian capital, Damascus, adding that Moscow has “reliable information about militants preparing to falsify a government chemical attack against civilians.”
According to Gerasimov, the militants have brought a crowd of civilians, including women and children, into Eastern Ghouta from other regions to represent them as victims of the planned chemical attack, while film and satellite video transmitters are already in place.
“This has been confirmed by the discovery of a laboratory for the production of chemical weapons in the village of Aftris, which was liberated from terrorists," Gerasimov said.
The general added, however, that “despite constant attempts by militants to disrupt peace initiatives in Eastern Ghouta, the situation in the suburb of Damascus shows a trend toward stabilization.”
On Monday, Syria’s envoy to the UN Bashar al-Ja’afari also slammed the new US military threats, saying Haley’s comments are aimed at provoking a chemical attack by terrorists and fabricating evidence against Damascus.
PressTV-‘US military threat meant to provoke militant gas attack’
Syria’s UN envoy say the new US threat of military action against the Arab country is meant to provoke a chemical attack by the terrorists and fabricate evidence against Damascus.
For the past several years, the flashpoint enclave, home to some 400,000 people, has been under the control of multiple foreign-backed terror groups, particularly the so-called Jaish al-Islam Takfiri outfit and the al-Nusra Front, which have practically captivated the civilians and use them as human shield against the government’s liberating forces.
Syrian troops, backed by the Russian air force, have launched a full-scale offensive to crush the terror outfits, which constantly launch mortar attacks against residential neighborhoods in and around Damascus, killing and wounding dozens of people.
Russia and Syria have set up safe corridors for civilians to leave Eastern Ghouta, but militants holed up in the region have been shelling the safe routes to block the evacuation process.
Earlier in the day, Syrian state TV showed a group of civilians, including sick and injured people leaving militant-held areas in Eastern Ghouta into government territory on Tuesday.
Yasser Delwan. with the Jaish al-Islam militant group, also said a group of patients had left under a deal for a medical evacuation with Russia through the United Nations.