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Putin’s spokesman to Trump: Russia doesn’t ‘participate in Twitter diplomacy’

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Kremlin spokesman has commented on President Donald Trump's tweet warning of an imminent missile strike on Syria by saying that Moscow doesn't engage in Twitter diplomacy.

Trump said Wednesday that missiles "will be coming" in response to Syria's suspected chemical attack, adding "Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!'"

President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in televised remarks that "we don't participate in Twitter diplomacy." He added that "we support serious approaches and keep thinking that it's important not to make any steps that could further destabilize the already fragile situation."

He says claims of a chemical attack were fabricated and "can't serve as a pretext for any forceful actions."

Earlier, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry responded to Trump on Facebook, saying missiles would destroy "all evidence" of the attack. Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova posted that "missiles must fly towards terrorists, not a legitimate government that has been fighting international terrorism in its territory for several years."

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