Russia says it will shoot down any US missiles targeting its ally

Donald Trump has warned Russia to “get ready” for a US missile strike in Syria in response to the alleged chemical weapons attack in the country four days ago.

The French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to consult his country’s allies – particularly the US and UK – in an effort to decide upon a joint response to the attack.

Today the Kremlin said it hoped all sides would avoid any steps that “could significantly destabilise an already fragile situation in the region.”

The country’s ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin has warned that Russia would shoot down any US missiles fired at Syria.

He went on to warn that Russia could target the “sources from which the missiles were fired” - potentially including US warships, submarines and aircraft.

In a pair of tweets this afternoon, President Trump warned Russia to “get ready” for a US missiles strike, adding "because they will be coming; nice and new and smart." 

He claimed US relations with Russia are now worse than ever before, including during the Cold War.

“There is no reason for this,” he wrote.

“Russia needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do, and we need all nations to work together.

“Stop the arms race?” 

Both Moscow and the Syrian regime deny any involvement in the gas attack that took the lives of 70 people in the rebel-held town of Douma.

Medical groups have said a further 500 people were injured in the attack.

The Syrian American Medical Society described patients foaming at the mouth and warned that victims had suffered corneal burns and smelled of a "chlorine-like odour."

There has been no independent verification of the claims - made by medical groups including the White Helmets rescue service - as international groups have been unable to enter the enclave as yet. 

Meanwhile, Europe's air traffic controllers have issued a "rapid alert" for airlines in the Eastern Mediterranean over the possibility of missile strikes on Syria.

Eurocontrol is warning airlines to exercise caution due to the possible launch of air-to-ground and cruise missiles “within the next 72 hours.”

The global chemical weapons watchdog has confirmed it will travel to Douma on a fact finding mission to investigate the reports of a chemical attack.