United Kingdom agrees on 'need to take action' over Syria

Elias Hubbard
April 15, 2018

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that the United States had invented reports of a chemical attack in the area, and warned against the use of this as justification for increased military action.

President Donald Trump has said missiles "will be coming" for Syria, then injected some uncertainty as to when.

Senior figures from Russia, which provides military support to the Syrian regime, have warned of a Russian response to a United States attack. "This legally questionable action risks escalating further", Corbyn, a veteran anti-war campaigner, said. Russian Federation has repeatedly accused rebels of staging or spreading rumours of chemical attacks, but the involvement of Britain is a new claim.

"Cabinet agreed that the Assad regime has a track record of the use of chemical weapons and it is highly likely that the regime is responsible for Saturday's attack", said the statement.

May spoke with US President Trump Thursday night about the global response to Syria, and they "agreed that the Assad regime had established a pattern of unsafe behavior in relation to the use of chemical weapons", according to a Downing Street statement.

It comes as London has blamed Moscow for a nerve agent attack on a former double agent and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury last month.

British U.N. Ambassador Karen Pierce denied Britain was in any way involved.

The suspected use of chemical weapons has drawn the West back into Syria's seven-year conflict.

On Thursday, May was also given the backing of her most influential foreign policy backbencher, Tom Tugendhat, to take part in any western strike against Syria without a Commons mandate.

It said they all agreed with her on "the importance of restoring the global norm that the use of chemical weapons is never acceptable".

Correction: This article has been updated to correct the title of French President Emmanuel Macron.

The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn said on Saturday there was no legal basis for British strikes against Syria and such action would encourage others to behave in the same way.

"Bombs won't save lives or bring about peace", he said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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