Russian ruble falls on Trump missile threat, US sanctions

US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin

US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin

Russia has no intention of curtailing global cooperation in space, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

Putin told the foreign envoys that Russian Federation was ready to hear their constructive initiatives and use them as basis for better ties with other nations.

But Russia has warned against military action and said it will shoot down rockets fired at its ally. "We still think it is important to avoid steps that could harm what is already a fragile situation".

The US president also accused The New York Times of writing a "phony story" over a report that Muellers office is looking into a payment that a Ukrainian steel magnate made to Trumps charitable foundation in exchange for a video appearance. We are proponents of a serious approach.

The ministry's spokeswoman Maria Zakharova questioned whether the idea behind military action was to "use the smart missiles to sweep the traces of the provocation under the rug". Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova posted that "missiles must fly towards terrorists, not a legitimate government that has been fighting worldwide terrorism in its territory for several years".

US President Donald Trump claimed ties with Russian Federation are worse than during the Cold War - and angrily blamed special investigator Robert Mueller for fuelling "bad blood" with Moscow on Wednesday.

He wrote: 'Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it! The military expenditure of the United States is up to $700bn.

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The U.S. relies on Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, to ferry astronauts and equipment to the International Space Station, paying $2.6 billion for the use of Soyuz rockets since the National Aeronautics and Space Administration retired its fleet of space shuttles in 2011.

The attack comes nearly a year after a chemical attack in the northern Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun killed dozens of people.

Syria has firmly denied any links to the attack, which reportedly killed at least 60 people and wounded more than 1,000 others.

The White House says President Donald Trump has decided not to attend a summit in South America this week to remain in the U.S.to manage the crisis.

Amid warnings that firing special counsel Robert Mueller would be "suicide" and could end his presidency, Trump unexpectedly blamed Mueller for preventing better ties with Russian Federation.

Meanwhile, First Deputy Chief of the Russian General Staff's Main Operations Department Lieutenant General Viktor Poznikhir blamed the attack on the White Helmets organization, a self-proclaimed civil defense group.

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