'If Russian blood is shed, then Russia will retaliate': Ex-General warns the Kremlin could bomb Cyprus and repeats threats to US ships
By Sara Malm For Mailonline and James Tapsfield, Mailonline Political Editor
Published: 12:29 BST, 13 April 2018 | Updated: 20:46 BST, 13 April 2018
A former Russian General has warned that any intervention by the US, Britain and France could be a ‘direct way to military confrontation with Russia’.
Lieutenant-General Evgeny Buzhinskiy, who previously served on the Russian General Staff, said if 'Russian blood is spilled', then Moscow will respond in kind.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today show that he believed if Russia determined that the UK was behind any attack on Syria, Moscow could order hits on UK forces in the Mediterranean.
他在接受BBC Radio 4的采访时表示，他认为，如果俄罗斯认定英国是对叙利亚发动袭击的幕后主使，那么莫斯科可能会下令袭击英国在地中海的部队。
As our chief of the general staff said a couple of weeks ago, Russia would shot down the missiles and its carriers and I don’t think he was joking, that’s a very serious situation and that’s true,’ he said.
Asked if that could mean striking back at Cyprus, he said: ‘If our military determined that the missiles were launched from the UK, carriers of course, UK carriers and missiles would be hit back.’
Mr Buzhinskiy said it would be ‘very difficult to find a significant military target in Syria where there are no Russians’.
‘We have several thousands advisers in all military installation in all military units,’ he said. ‘If Russian blood is shed then Russia will retaliate.’
Mr Buzhinskiy said Russian intelligence showed there were ‘no chemical attacks’ and the episode was ‘staged’.
He echoed a statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who said Friday that Moscow has 'irrefutable' evidence that the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, eastern Ghouta was staged with the help of a foreign secret service.
'We have irrefutable evidence that this was another staged event, and that the secret services of a certain state that is now at the forefront of a Russophobic campaign was involved in this staged event,' he said during a press conference.
U.S. President Donald Trump has been having discussions with both Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron regarding an international response to the alleged chemical attack in eastern Ghouta on Saturday.