Trump tells Russia to get ready for US missile strikes in Syria

US president’s incendiary tweet comes as Kremlin warns military action could heighten instability

Donald Trump has warned Russia in an incendiary tweet to “get ready” for US missile strikes in Syria after a UN security council meeting failed to stave off the prospect of military confrontation over a chemical weapons attack on a town outside Damascus at the weekend.

“Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria,” the US president tweeted. “Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!”

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Author: Andrew Roth in Moscow, Julian Borger in Washington and Patrick Wintour in London