The Moscow Times: A Russian television channel has instructed viewers to stock up on food and water in case a war breaks out with the United States, playing on fears that a U.S.-led airstrike against Moscow’s ally Syria could lead to a military escalation.
A Vesti-24 anchor recommended for viewers to stock up on “fewer sweets and more water,” in a segment on emergency survival foods that aired on Tuesday.
“It should be noted that real panic isn’t here but across the ocean,” he added, saying bomb shelter sales “took off” in the U.S. after Donald Trump’s election as president in 2016.
The newscaster went on to list the shelf life of canned goods and staples that included rice, oatmeal, and sugar “for those who succumb to panic and decide to spend all their savings.”
In the meantime Business Insider reports that Russia’s navy appears to have responded to President Donald Trump’s warning that US missiles are headed to Syria after he claimed that the Syrian government has again conducted chemical warfare on its own people.
The Russian military has said it is tracking the movements of the US Navy after Trump’s warning, according to Reuters. In April 2017, the US struck Syria over another chemical weapons attack, firing 59 cruise missiles from US Navy destroyers.