BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:41 P.M.) – The Russian military has cryptically – yet very clearly – threatened to attack US warships and warplanes which conduct missile strikes that threaten its forces in Syria.
In the latest statement to be made by Russian military officials over possible US strikes against Syrian government forces, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, General Valery Gerasimov, stated:
‘In case there is a threat to the lives of our military [by US missile strikes], the Russian Armed Force will take retaliatory measures both over the missiles and carriers that will use them.’
The reference to ‘carriers’ though vague is still quite clear. Gerasimov is talking about US warships and aircraft that fire the ‘missiles’ against Syrian government targets and de facto threaten the lives of Russian service personnel stationed on duty in the Arab republic.