Japan to avoid direct support for US strike on Syria: sources
15 Апреля, 2018, 22:41
A joint military operation, possibly with France rather than the U.S.in the lead, could send a message of global unity about enforcing the prohibitions on chemical weapons.
French President Emanuel Macron has called for a "strong, united and resolute" response. And he insisted it remains US policy not to be involved directly in Syria's civil war.
However, US Defence Secretary James Mattis struck a more cautious tone later on Wednesday, saying that Washington was still assessing intelligence on the suspected toxic gas attack. The Syrian government has denied the allegations.
Syria warned that it will have "no other choice" but to defend itself if the West launches military action.
"America does not seek an indefinite presence in Syria", Trump said from the White House.
The Kremlin spokesman is warning the US and its allies against any steps that could destabilize the situation in Syria.
The U.S. has obtained blood and urine samples from a suspected chemical attack in Syria that have tested positive for both an unidentified nerve agent and chlorine gas exposure, according to a report published Thursday. Dmitry Peskov added that it would have an "utterly destructive impact on the Syrian settlement".
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But since then he's suggested he'll wait for further advice from military advisers and United States allies.
The country's president has Vladimir Putin has called for a calming of tensions.
"We will try to make it better but it is a troubled place", Trump said.
He criticized Russia's support of the Syrian regime saying "Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path".
Assad's main ally Russian Federation has repeatedly issued warnings to the United States that it will shoot back at missiles, warships and jets if they strike against Syria, bringing the U.S. and Russian Federation into direct conflict for the first time.
"Japan can not make a judgment on whether Assad's government forces really used chemical weapons", a senior Foreign Ministry official said of the latest attack.
Syrian government forces have regained full control of the city as the global community considers its response.
"With every victory achieved on the field, the voices of some Western states are raised and actions are intensified in an attempt by them to change the course of events. these voices and any possible action will contribute nothing but an increase in instability in the region, threatening global peace and security", Mr al Assad said according to Syrian state television.
"Syria's enemies are angry because of its military advances against terrorist groups", Ali Akbar Velayati, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's top adviser, told Iranian state TV during his visit to eastern Ghouta's bomb-shattered ruins. USA lawmakers questioned whether Trump has the legal authority to order strikes without Congressional approval and opposition parties voiced concern. The Cabinet agreed on the need to "take action" to deter further chemical weapons use by Assad, but added that May would continue to consult with allies to coordinate an global response.
"The chemical weapons attack that took place on Saturday in Douma in Syria was a shocking and barbaric act", May told reporters on Wednesday.
On Sunday, the day after the attack, the USA president said Russian President Vladimir Putin bore responsibility for the "atrocity" in rebel-held Douma, because of his support for the Syrian government.
In Paris, France's Emmanuel Macron upped the pressure on Moscow by stating he had "proof" that the Assad's regime had used chemical weapons, and vowing a response "at a time of our choosing". Trump on Wednesday had warned Russian Federation to "get ready" for a missile attack on its ally Syria.
The Times and the Daily Telegraph newspapers reported that the cabinet would back May in joining any US-led action, as Royal Navy submarines armed with cruise missiles were moving into range.
British lawmakers voted down taking military action against Damascus in 2013, in what was widely viewed as an assertion of parliamentary sovereignty on the use of force. That is not a legal requirement, though it is a convention.
"We're looking very, very seriously, very closely, at that whole situation", the President said from the Cabinet Room.
U.S. President Donald Trump warned Russian Federation on Wednesday of imminent military action in Syria, declaring that missiles "will be coming" and lambasting Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
In Syria, there are reports that forces allied with the Syrian government have been relocating from various military sites and bases in anticipation of a possible attack.
The Defense Ministry said in a statement on Thursday that the situation in the town of Douma, just east of the Syrian capital, is "normalizing".
There was no immediate confirmation or indication from Assad's government that Syrian troops entered Douma on Thursday.
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