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Trump warns Syria, Russia of impending missile strike

IANS  |  New York 

US on Wednesday warned and that he was readying missile strikes on the Middle Eastern nation in retaliation for allegedly using in rebel-held territories.

"vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria," he tweeted. "Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart'! You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!"

The threat of missile strike follows the failure of the Security Council to pass a resolution on Tuesday condemning the and setting up an inquiry into it. A US-sponsored resolution was vetoed by and two proposed by failed to get a majority.

Meanwhile, the Organisation for the Prohibition of (OPCW) is sending a fact-finding mission to to investigate the

A is reported to have taken place last Saturday in Douma, where the group controls territory. The US says 89 people were killed and several hundred injured by used there.

The missile attacks would come as Trump is himself under an unprecedented stress at home.

On Monday, the raided his personal lawyer's office and hotel room and seized documents.

According to media reports, they were looking for documents relating to payoff by the lawyer, Michael Cohen, to a known as Stormy Daniels and, possibly, other women to keep quiet about the affairs they claim to have had with Trump before he was elected.

Such payoffs could be violations of election or other laws.

Trump has canceled a trip to the Summit of the in Lima, Peru, citing the Syrian developments and spent Tuesday conferring with John Bolton, military officials and British in preparation for attacks on Syrian facilities.

On Sunday he blamed personally, and Russia and for "backing Animal Assad" and warned they would have a "big price to pay."

There is a general consensus in the US for an attack on Syria, and by implication on Russia - something that most Democrats would back - with only random pushbacks.

Trump, who ran his election campaign on a vow to reduced military entanglements abroad, had called earlier this month for pulling back the limited US military presence in

But after the Saturday chemical attack, he called for a tough line against Syria and Russia.

His newly robust stance is bolstered by the addition of two hawks to his foreign policy team: Bolton and of State-designate

In a later tweet on Wednesday, a bit of Trump's ambiguity towards Russia was back: "Our relationship with Russia is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War. There is no reason for this."

Next, he blamed the Democrats for it, tweeting, "Much of the bad blood with Russia is caused by the Fake & Corrupt Russia Investigation, headed up by the all Democrat loyalists, or people that worked for Obama. ... No Collusion, so they go crazy!"

Trump's taunt to Russia to "get ready" may have been prompted by an network report quoting US officials that Russians have began jamming some smaller US drones.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 20:32 IST