Moscow warns: An attack on Assad is an attack on Russia

Moscow warns: An attack on Assad is an attack on Russia
Attacks on Syrian government forces would trigger military confrontation, warns Moscow.

The tone is sharp, but the message is even sharper.

The US-led coalition in Syria can look forward to direct military confrontation with the superpower Russia if Western forces dare to attack Bashar al-Assad's government forces.

This is the message from Russia after talks with the US on the civil war-torn Syria collapsed.

The Russian Defense Ministry warned in stark terms western 'hotheads' and 'amateurs' against believing that they can evade the Russian anti-aircraft fire in Syria.

"Any rocket and missile attacks on territories controlled by the Syrian government, constitutes a clear threat to Russian troops," writes Ministry spokesman, Major General Igor Konasjenkov, in a press release.

On September 17, at least 60 Syrian soldiers were killed by coalition airstrikes. USA, Denmark and Australia have apologised for the attack that struck Syrian troops instead of Islamic State positions.

The latest warning shows, however, that Russia is not quite satisfied with the apologies, says foreign policy expert Fyodor Lukjanov, chairman of the Russian Foreign and Defence Policy Council.

"The Russian side basically says that an attack on the Syrian army will be seen as an attack on Russian forces," said Fyodor Lukjanov to the Danish newspaper Berlingske.

The warning applies to 'all countries operating in the area, if they get the idea to attack the Syrian army. It will be answered with Russian missiles," he said.

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