Kremlin tells U.S. it’s ‘one step from war’ as Trump warns he will hit Syria AGAIN

Kremlin tells U.S. it’s ‘one step from war’ as Trump warns he will hit Syria AGAIN, by John Stevens.

The Kremlin has warned the US it is ‘one step from war’ over Syria – but the Trump administration hit back by saying it would be prepared to carry out airstrikes again. …

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev denounced the US for attacking ‘the legitimate government of Syria’ and for allegedly breaking international law without the approval of the UN. …

Officials said it was retaliation for Assad’s use of chemical weapons and would ‘deter’ further atrocities. The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said that her country had taken ‘a very measured step’. …

Vladimir Putin yesterday also denounced the US missile strikes as an illegal act of aggression against a sovereign nation. The furious Russian president responded to the attack against his ally by diverting warship the Admiral Grigorovich to protect the Syrian coast and vowing to bolster Assad’s missile defences against further bombing raids. He also suspended a military hotline known as the ‘deconfliction line’ which is designed to avoid mid-air collisions and confrontations between Russian and US fighter jets over the war-torn country. …

On Tuesday Assad launched ‘yet another chemical attack, murdering men women and children in the most gruesome way’, Mrs Haley said. ‘Assad did this because he thought he could get away with it. He thought he knew Russia would have his back.’ …

Observers said al-Sharyat Air Base was ‘almost completely destroyed’ by the 1,000lb warheads in a 30-minute barrage of destruction that is said to have destroyed 20 planes, a dozen aircraft hangars and a fuel depot, as well as ripped up runways, storage sites and radars. …

The US said that only one of its missiles failed to land on-target after being launched by the USS Ross and USS Porter, although Russians released their own counter-claims, saying that only 23 of the 59 rockets hit the base. But the photos released by the Department of Defense suggest that that the missiles – at least, the ones involved in the damage seen in the satellite images – were closely clustered around the aircraft hangars.