UK's May summons Cabinet to discuss Syria military strike
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 13, 2018,
Apr 13, 2018, 21:35
President Donald Trump and his national security aides yesterday discussed us options on Syria, where he has threatened missile strikes in response to a suspected poison gas attack, as a Russian envoy voiced fears of wider conflict between Washington and Moscow.
Britain's Cabinet gave Prime Minister Theresa May the green light Thursday to join the United States and France in planning possible military strikes in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria.
Senior Russian lawmaker, Alexei Kondratyev, a deputy head of the upper house's defense committee, on Wednesday said that warships would be engaged in the Mediterranean Sea to protect Russian assets in Syria from a possible USA strike.
After UK Prime Minister Theresa May gained her cabinet's backing to take action to "deter the use of chemical weapons", the three agreed to coordinate an global response.
The British Cabinet has unanimously backed Theresa May's warning that Syria's use of chemical weapons can not go unchallenged, leaving the way open for British participation in military action against Bashar al-Assad's regime.
President Bashar al-Assad's government - which receives military backing from Russian Federation - denies any involvement and says reports of a chemical attack are "fabricated".
"Let them go through with it or shut up", said a participant in an online poll asking if Syrians were afraid of a USA attack.
The NBC News reports come several hours after French president Emmanuel Macron said he too has "proof" that the attack used chemical weapons.
Ministers at a cabinet meeting said it was "highly likely" the Assad regime was responsible for a suspected chemical attack.
Later, during an afternoon event in the White House Rose Garden at which Trump touted an increased defense budget, the president declared that "we're going to have the strongest military we've ever had, and can you think of a better time to have it?"
Mattis and other members of Trump's national security team met Wednesday, after the president warned Russian Federation on Twitter to expect a missile barrage toward its ally, Syria, saying "You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!" As part of the takeover, Syria's main ally Russian Federation said, it will deploy military police in Douma.
U.S. allies have offered strong words of support for Washington but no clear military plans have yet emerged.
Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said: "The threat to use force against a United Nations member state is, in itself, a blatant violation of the organisation's charter".
"We're having a meeting today on Syria and we're having a number of of meetings today".
There is no guarantee lawmakers would rubber-stamp a decision for military strikes.
Wednesday 23:00: United Kingdom prime minister Theresa May announces cabinet meeting after declaring that the use of chemical weapons can not go unpunished.
First responders there said more than 40 people died Saturday after suffering symptoms consistent with chemical exposure, including wheezing, discolored skin and foaming at the mouth.