Flyplassen i Kaliningrad som er vertsby for VM i fotball til sommeren. Med all usikkerhet som henger over den internasjonale situasjonen, kan det spøke for VM. Foto: Sergej Karpukhin / Reuters / Scanpix
Donald Trump har gjort russerne oppmerksomme på at det kommer et missilangrep mot Syria, og at de bør holde seg unna.
Flere russiske talsmenn har truet med å skyte ned amerikanske missiler.
Den russiske ambassadøren til Libanon sa Russland ikke bare vil skyte ned raketter, men også angripe der de kom fra.
En britisk general ble spurt på BBC hva det ville bety. Han var stille en stund før han svarte: Det vil bety krig.
Talsmann for russisk UD var mer forsiktig.
In an initial response, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the United States should target «terrorists» rather than Assad’s forces and suggested the aim of a potential U.S. strike might be to obliterate evidence related to the suspected chemical attack — which Russia has denied was carried out by the government.
«Smart missiles should fly at terrorists and not at the legitimate government, which has been fighting international terrorism on its territory for several years,» Zakharova wrote on Facebook.
Det samme var Putins talsmann Dmitrij Peskov:
«As for the question of what will happen if there is some kind of strike…we would like to hope that all sides will avoid any steps that a) are not provoked by anything and b) could substantially destabilize the already fragile situation in the region,” Peskov said in a regular conference call with reporters.
He declined to comment directly on remarks by Russia’s ambassador to Lebanon, who on April 10 repeated a warning from the military that any U.S. missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and that the launch vehicles would be targeted.
Peskov also reiterated Russian denials that Assad’s forces carried out a poison-gas attack on Douma, saying that «Russia categorically disagrees with this [claim]» and wants a «dispassionate investigation» into the incident, which killed at least 40 people including children.