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Russia warns of 'grave repercussions' if US retaliates against Syria over gas attack

Russia warns of 'grave repercussions' if US retaliates against Syria over gas attack

President Trump started his Wednesday morning, as he so often does, on Twitter.

Russian Federation will cope with the latest round of USA sanctions, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday.

Images of gasping children struggling to breathe shocked the world and galvanized President Donald Trump, who condemned the attack as "sick" and attacked Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran for supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Trump said that relations have become worse than during the cold war. Trump said yesterday that the raid undermined attorney-client privilege but many legal experts say such sanctity is conditional and if investigators believe the lawyer may be involved in criminal activity, they may seek, obtain, and execute a search warrant, as they did in this case.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived at the White House hours after a Russian official said USA missiles headed toward Syria would be shot down and Trump responded with a tweeted taunt.

Trump warned, "Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria".

"Smart missiles must strike terrorists, not the legitimate government that has been fighting global terrorism on its territory for several years", she wrote.

His comments came minutes after Fox News featured a commentator talking about Moscow's threat to shoot down missiles and of "grave repercussions".

"We are not surprised by such a thoughtless escalation by a regime like the United States regime, which sponsored terrorism in Syria and still does", the state news agency SANA cited a ministry official as saying.

In a move to increase its naval presence in the eastern Mediterranean, the USA was planning to dispatch its Harry S Truman Carrier Strike Group and its 6,500 sailors from Norfolk naval base in Virginia on Wednesday to sail to the region, a journey that would take up more than 10 days.

Like a succession of USA presidents - Republican and Democrat - Trump has unsuccessfully tried to "reset" relations with Putin, despite his more overt courtship of the former KGB spy. Russian Federation needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do, and we need all nations to work together. "Stop the arms race?" he tweeted yesterday.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, striking a cautious tone after Trump's threat of missile strikes, said the United States was assessing intelligence about the suspected attack.

He complained that the investigation is "headed up by. all Democrat loyalists, or people that worked for (former President Barack) Obama", although Mueller is a Republican and was appointed as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation by both Republican President George W. Bush and Obama.

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director is investigating Russia's efforts to tilt the 2016 presidential election in Trump's favor and has charged several of president's inner circle with various crimes including money laundering and lying under oath.

Trump and aides are also bracing for next week's book tour by former FBI Director James Comey, whose dismissal by Trump a year ago is part of the obstruction of justice investigation by Mueller.

"Our relations with Russian Federation are now worse than ever, including the cold war", he wrote on Twitter.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his supporters have for years been casting their country as one that has to rally around their leader and fight back in the face of an increasingly aggressive West. "The president has a number of options at his disposal".

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