Russia will respond if the United States launches a strike in Syria, Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin said Tuesday.
Zasypkin’s comments came during an interview with Hezbollah’s media outlet Al-Manar, as news emerged that the U.S. might strike targets in Syria following an alleged chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Douma over the weekend.
“If there is an American strike, then we ... will shoot down rockets and target the positions from where they were launched,” Zasypkin said.
He accused the U.S. of using the alleged chemical attack to prepare the ground for a military strike. “In the past few days, we have seen an escalation [that has the potential to become] a severe crisis,” Zasypkin said.
He said that Western states allied against Syrian President Bashar Assad haven’t been satisfied with his government’s recent gains in the war, after the regime captured control of most of Eastern Ghouta from rebel groups.
Russia’s military has been present on the ground in the Syrian civil war, backing Assad.
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