Russia keeps the right to shoot down missiles and to target launchers in case of an attack on Syria, Russia’s envoy to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin said in comments late on April 10.
“If there is a strike by the Americans, then…the missiles will be downed and even the sources from which the missiles were fired,” Zasypkin told the Lebanese al-Manar TV, speaking in Arabic.
However, he continued by saying that a clash “should be ruled out and therefore we are ready to hold negotiations.”
On March 13, the Russian Defense Ministry warned it would respond to any actinos which would endanger its troops deployed in Syria by targeting missiles and launchers involved in such actions.
Considering that Russian military advisors are deplyoed in a high number of military facilities alongside with Syrian government forces across the country. So, any US strike aiming to deliver a notable danage to the Syrian military de-facto endangers Russian troops.
Currently, the US and its allies, mostly the UK and France, are considering whether to attack Syria over a suspected chemical attack in the town of Douma on April 7. Following the attack, pro-militant media organizations and then the mainstream media and representatives of the US-led bloc, including US President Trump, accused Syria of being behind the attack. However, no evidence were provided to confirm this claim.