The Syrian Air Defense Forces and Army are ready to repel any attack including, a US strike, the country’s ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad told the Russian state-run news agency Sputnik.
“We are ready for any possible situation that Syria may face. Our army is prepared, as well as air defense forces, we are ready to repel any attack in order to preserve the sovereignty on our territory and to protect our people,” the diplomat said commeting on US ambassador to UN Nikki Haley’s threat to strike Syria if necessary.
The ambassador added that Syria and Russia had revealed that terrorists are preparing provocations with the use of chemical weapons in order to justify new attacks against Syria by the US-led block.
“[These provocaitons] first of all, at influencing international public opinion and encourage the powers supporting the militants to attack them, as was done earlier in Khan Shaykhun,” Sputnik quoted him as saying.
Commenting on a US missile strike on the Shayrat Airbase, Haddad noted that the attack had been carried out “without any evidence, any confirmation of who had used the chemical weapons”.
Earlier this month, the US publicly threatened to attack Syrian government forces if they continue their operation in Eastern Ghouta. Russia responded by saying that it will take measures against any “launchers” or “missiles” endangering its troops in Syria.