Donald Trump has told Russia and Syria to “get ready” for a missile attack on the Assad regime, saying the bombs will be “nice and new and smart”.
Mr Trump tweeted an extraordinary response to Russia’s claim that it would shoot down any missiles fired at Syria following the chemical weapons attack on Douma.
The US President added: “You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!”
Mr Trump described the relationship between the US and Russia as “worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War” but insisted there was “no reason for this”.
“Russia needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do, and we need all nations to work together,” he said. “Stop the arms race?”
Earlier, Alexander Zasypkin, the Russian envoy to Beirut, said: “If there is an American strike, then we… will shoot down the missiles and target the positions from where they were launched. “In the past few days, we have seen an escalation towards a significant crisis.”