Russia and Iran have told President trump he has crossed a “red line” and threatened to “respond with force” to any further US military action against the Syrian regime .
In a worrying escalation that deepened the crisis gripping the war-ravaged Middle East nation, President Bashar al-Assad ’s backers last night ramped up the rhetoric following the American cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base.
A joint command centre made up of the forces of Russia, Iran and militias loyal to Assad claimed the US raid crossed “red lines”.
A statement from the group said: “What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines.
“From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well,” said the statement published by the group on media outlet Ilam al Harbi (War Media).
The intervention fuels fears the six-year-old Syrian civil war is a proxy battleground for old Cold War enemies – and raises the spectre of heightened military tension.
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson is expected to push for new sanctions against Russia over its support for Syria when he meets G7 foreign ministers in Italy.