Russia warns US against striking Syrian regime

The Russian military on Thursday strongly warned the United States against striking Syrian regime targets.


“A number of influential Western media published leaks on discussion in the White House administration of a possibility to deliver missile and air strikes on the positions of Syrian troops,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in comments carried by Russian news agency TASS.


“History shows that often such injections turn out to be a prologue of real actions,” he said. “I would recommend colleagues in Washington to thoroughly analyze the consequences of implementation of such plans.”


The Washington Post reported Tuesday that administration officials are discussing military options for Syria after efforts to revive a U.S.-Russia brokered cease-fire failed.


Among the options are to target Syrian air force runways using cruise missiles and other long-range weapons from outside of Syria, according to the Post.


The chances of President Obama approving military action are seen as slim, however.


Russia this week deployed an S-300 air defense system to its navy base in Syria.


In his Thursday comments, Konashenkov warned that the system’s capabilities “may prove a surprise to any unidentified flying object.”


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