Russian embassy says concerned by United Kingdom decision to "take action" on Syria

Sergio Conner
April 15, 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May met with Cabinet members on Thursday to discuss the alleged attack in Douma, Syria.

Britain will take action to "alleviate humanitarian distress and deter the future use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime", the British Ambassador to the United Nations, Karen Pierce, said here Friday. "But also it's a very, very delicate circumstance and we've got to make this judgement on a very careful, very deliberate, very well thought-through basis".

Any potential strike against Syria could be carried out by extensive US and United Kingdom military assets already in the region, including two US Navy destroyers armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles.

"Those two things, I'm assured, we will get an answer to today", he said.

"This collective action sends a clear message that the worldwide community will not stand by and tolerate the use of chemical weapons", May told a press conference. In March Russia's General Staff said that rebels were planning a "provocation" in Eastern Ghouta with women and children set to play victims of a chemical attack.

Assad has called the chemical attack "fabricated". Moscow has denied any involvement.

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Russian Federation has called for a United Nations Security Council meeting on Syria on Friday.

Although the British government on Saturday defended its decision to join the US-led military strikes on Syria without consulting Parliament first, British opinion leaders immediately questioned about the Whitehall's legal justification of such a military action.

Following a discussion, Cabinet agreed it was vital that the "use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged".

"The Prime Minister said it was a further example of the erosion of global law in relation to the use of chemical weapons, which was deeply concerning to us all".

The joint attack by the United States, Britain, and France, which began at 3:55 a.m. local time (0055 GMT), launched some 110 missiles targeting Syrian military sites in the Syrian capital Damascus and elsewhere, Syria's state news agency SANA said, citing the military.

Trump was also expected to speak to the French president, Emmanuel Macron, about what form the action could take, with the White House saying: "No final decision has been made".

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