UK decision on Syria must be made carefully, based on evidence
Apr 15 2018 by Desiree Burns
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. "It is not about regime change", May said in a statement minutes after U.S. President Donald Trump announced the strikes.
Publishing sources say that Mei is ready to answer to the Syrian regime without the approval of Parliament and believes that Bashar al-Assad responsible for using chemical weapons.
May later told reporters that the Western missiles had struck a chemical weapons storage and production facility, a chemical weapons research center and a military bunker involved in chemical weapons attacks.
"Cabinet agreed on the need to take action to alleviate humanitarian distress and to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime", Downing Street said after May held an emergency meeting with her top team.
May's Cabinet agreed she should "continue to work" with the US and France to coordinate a response.
She said speed was essential and that military action was in the national interest.
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Worldwide investigators are due to begin work in Syria on Saturday to determine if in fact banned weapons were used.
During the two-hour cabinet meeting, ministers backed plans to take further action, along with the United States and France, to prevent Assad's forces from ever launching such an "appalling and inhumane" attack again.
Speaking in Downing Street, May said the military strikes should be a "warning to Russia" before holding the Syrian government accountable for the chemical attack.
She said nearly a century of global aversion to the use of chemical weapons had been eroded in Douma and Salisbury.
The leader of Britain's opposition Labour PartyJeremy 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.