Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

World stocks shaky on Syria and USA tensions, compounding Russia's woes

US Russia GETTYThe US has issued Russia a dire warning after the Syria chemical attack
Melinda Barton | 12 April, 2018, 03:55

After President Trump fired off a tweet Wednesday to warn Russian Federation to "get ready" for USA missiles in Syria in retaliation of an alleged chemical attack, the Kremlin countered that more "serious approaches" were needed to combat the fragile Mideast crisis.

The Jersey Evening Post quotes an Intertrust spokesperson, Hendrik Dewit, as saying that the company took the monitoring of its clients' backgrounds "very seriously" and that it runs "nightly checks on our clients".

That, in turn, triggered a tweetstorm from Trump, who fired back: "Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria".

Trump has been particularly incensed with Russian Federation in recent days for continuing to back Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and his use of deadly force against civilian populations.

On Tuesday, Trump warned that Russia's support for the Syrian government would further deteriorate the country's relationship with the United States. "Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!'" he said, warning of a military response.

"If there is a strike by the Americans, then. the missiles will be downed and even the sources from which the missiles were fired", Alexander Zasypkin told Hezbollah's al-Manar TV on Tuesday evening, speaking in Arabic, according to Reuters.

"(Deripaska) is one of the major shareholders in Norilsk, so I think there has been a bit of speculative buying", ICBC Standard Bank analyst Tom Kendall said. Trump said of Russian Federation.

Trump, who has been accused of being overly solicitous toward Russian President Vladimir Putin, also held out something of an olive branch to the Russian in another tweet bemoaning the state of bilateral relations, claiming they are at historic lows. He has figured in Russian election-meddling investigations in the US due to his ties to former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who once worked as his consultant.

Shamanov emphasized that a retaliatory Russian strike could target USA navy ships and aircraft.

Russian Federation and the U.S. do not have trade agreements, but both countries are members of the World Trade Organization. "The team is preparing to deploy to Syria shortly", the organization said in a Tuesday statement.

This image shows a medical worker giving toddlers oxygen through respirators following an alleged poison gas attack in the opposition-held town of Douma, in eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, Syria, Sunday, April 8, 2018.

Twelve of the 15 members of the UN Security Council voted in favour of the U.S. text, while Russian Federation and Bolivia voted against it, reports Xinhua.

European airspace authorities are warning aircraft to be careful over the next days when flying close to Syria because of possible military action against President Bashar Assad's forces.