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President Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning, saying that the country should “get ready” for missiles fired at Syria and that it should not “be partners with a Gas Killing Animal.”

Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for Russia’s foreign ministry, responded to Trump’s tweet Wednesday, saying any missiles launched in retaliation should target terrorists, not the Syrian government.

“Smart rockets ought to fly toward terrorists and not at a lawful government, which has been fighting for several years with international terrorism on its territory,” Zakharova wrote in Russian on her Facebook page. “And yes, incidentally. Have they warned the [Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons] inspectors that now smart rockets will annihilate all evidence of chemical weapons on the ground? Or does the whole idea consist in quickly covering the traces of the provocation with strikes from smart rockets and international inspectors will already have nothing to look for in terms of evidence?”

Vladislav Volodin, the speaker of Russia’s lower house of parliament, said the “whole world is horrified by” Trump’s tweeting.

In a follow-up tweet, Trump said America’s relationship with Russia “is worse now than it has ever been.”

 

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