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The head of the Russian armed forces today declared the Russian military would retaliate against any strike on Syria for Assad’s use of chemical weapons. Chief of Russia’s General Staff Valery Gerasimov couched the threat saying Russian lives would need to be at risk to trigger such an attack on American forces.
“In the case that the lives of our servicemen are under threat, the Russian military will undertake retaliatory measures against both the missiles and missile launchers,” said Gerasimov, state Russian state news agency TASS.
The Russian propaganda effort regarding the Syrian conflict also launched a campaign to describe any chemical weapons use in the civil war as an effort by ‘terrorists’ in the region to blame the Assad regime for such behavior.
Militants are preparing a provocation with the use of chemical agents in Syria to justify a massive US strike against Damascus’ government neighborhoods, stated Gerasimov.
The Russian general proposed the U.S. intended to “furnish the so-called ‘evidence’ of the alleged mass civilian deaths through the fault of the Syrian government and the Russian leadership supporting it.”
“As a countermeasure, Washington plans to deliver a missile and bomb strike against Damascus’ government districts,” he added.
Approximately one year ago, President Trump launched sixty cruise missiles from American ships in the Mediterranean against Syrian aircraft being used to possibly deliver chemical weapons. Russian troops were not harmed but were present at the base that was attacked.