Russian PM orders govt to draw up response to U.S. sanctions: Ifax

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Russia's ambassador to Lebanon said any US missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launch sites targeted, a step that could trigger a major escalation in the Syrian war.

Stocks on the benchmark dollar-traded RTS exchange plummeted 11.3 per cent by closing time on Monday while the ruble currency took its biggest one-day plunge in two years from 59.11 to 57.88 to the dollar.

Meanwhile, Central bank set official quotes for Tuesday at 57.8332 rubles per dollar and 70.7070 per euro, representing a decline of 1.26% with respect to first and 1.64% with respect to second.

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The official currency rates, announced by the Central Bank of Russian Federation on April 11, are 76,8522 rubles for euro and 62,3699 for a dollar.

Trump's announcement came after Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned against any airstrikes in Syria after the Damascus incident, and Robertson also heard from Vladimir Putin's spokespeople that the Russian government wants to "de-escalate the situation".

"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria", Trump tweeted. Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!' You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!', he wrote on Twitter.

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"The "smart" missile should fly towards the terrorists, not the legal government that is been fighting global terrorism for several years in its territory".

As we reported Alexandr Zasypkin, the Russian Ambassador to Lebanon, stated that Moscow reserves the right to shot down the missiles, launched towards Syria.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday cancelled a planned trip to Latin America later this week to focus instead on responding to the Syria incident, the White House said. As a result of this attack at least 70 people died. In the government's first official response, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said "these decisions are unacceptable, and we consider them illegitimate, since they are generally outside the domain of worldwide law".

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