US, France, Britain launch strikes on Syria

Western missile attack on Syria was ‘right and legal’ British PM May says

Western missile attack on Syria was ‘right and legal’ British PM May says

Ukraine supports the decision from the United States, France and the United Kingdom to launch military strikes on Syria as the use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere and under any circumstances is a flagrant violation of the worldwide law, and those responsible for such actions must be held accountable.

"Ukraine reiterates its firm stance that the use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere and under any circumstances is a flagrant violation of the global law, and those responsible for such actions must be held accountable", the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry stressed. "As I discussed with President Trump and President Macron, it was a limited, targeted and effective strike with clear boundaries that expressly sought to avoid escalation and did everything possible to prevent civilian casualties", according her televised remarks on Sky News.

May cast the strike as "limited and targeted" and came after intelligence indicated Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government was responsible for an attack using chemical weapons in the Damascus suburb of Douma a week ago.

When asked if there would be more military action against Syria, Williamson said he thought the Western strikes had so far had sufficient effect.

On April 7, the White Helmets, a civil defense agency, accused the Assad regime of an alleged chemical attack, which it said killed 78 civilians and injured hundreds of others.

The ministry said the facility was "a former missile base... where the regime is assessed to keep chemical weapon precursors". "It is not about regime change", May said in a statement.

"The world is united in its disgust for any use of chemical weapons, but especially against civilians".

"This is the first time as prime minister that I have had to take the decision to commit our armed forces in combat - and it is not a decision I have taken lightly.

We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalized - within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom, or anywhere else in our world".

"I have done so because I judge this action to be in Britain's national interest", she added.

Russian President Putin called air strikes against Syria an act of aggression.

"Our service personnel have played an important role in terms of degrading the ability of the Syrian regime to use chemical weapons in the future", Williamson said.

Mrs May has been heavily criticised for not recalling Parliament to put the plans to a vote and will go before the Commons on Monday to answer questions about her decision, insisting there was no "alternative path".

He also did not rule out future military action.

May is not obliged to win parliament's approval before ordering military action, but a non-binding constitutional convention to do so has been established since a 2003 vote on joining the USA -led invasion of Iraq. "The [Syrian] opposition does not operate helicopters or use barrel bombs".

Vince Cable, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: "Riding the coattails of an erratic USA president is no substitute for a mandate from the House of Commons".

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