Threat of Western Strike on Syria: What is Known So Far

US President Donald Trump’s pledge to fire “smart” missiles on Syria apparently indicates that a ghost of last year’s missile strike on the Arab country is already in the air.

Trump’s ‘Get Ready’ Tweet

On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump threatened a direct strike on Syrian government forces, following an alleged chemical attack in the city of Douma, in a tweet that was followed by another one in which Trump claimed that relations with Moscow were worse than during the Cold War.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova was quick to respond to Trump’s remarks by saying that “smart missiles must strike terrorists, not the legitimate government that has been fighting international terrorism on its territory for several years.”

She dubbed any strike as a possible attempt to cover up the evidence proving that there had been no chemical attack in Douma. Addressing Trump’s call to stop what he described as an “arms race,” Zakharova noted that it was a “great idea,” and suggested starting “with US chemical weapons.”

Kremlin’s Stance

In a reference to Trump’s latest tweets, the Russian President’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov, for his part, underscored that Moscow does not “participate in Twitter diplomacy.”

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

‘All options on the Table’ 

In another development on Wednesday, White House…

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