Air strikes on Syria will not change course of war: UK's Johnson

Air strikes on Syria will not change course of war: UK's Johnson

Air strikes on Syria will not change course of war: UK's Johnson

"You see a kind of continuum of from Salisbury to Syria in the reckless, contemptuous use of these chemical weapons, endangering public health in Salisbury in Wiltshire and completely indiscriminately killing children cowering in buildings in Douma in eastern Ghouta", he said.

Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street in London Thomson Reuters BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The air strikes carried out by the United States, France and Britain on Syria will not change the course of the war, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Monday, but they were a way of showing the world had had enough of chemical weapons.

Mr Johnson, who is instead meeting his European counterparts, stressed the airstrikes were the right thing to do.

The British Foreign Secretary insists yesterday's missile strikes were exclusively about the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons.

"It's very important to stress that this is not an attempt to change the tide of the war in Syria or to have regime change or to get rid of Bashar al-Assad".

Last Saturday, the United States, France, and the United Kingdom launched strikes on a number of targets in Syria in response to an alleged chemical attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma.

"There is no proposal on the table for further attacks because so far, thank heavens, the Assad regime has not been so foolish to launch another chemical weapons attack", Johnson said.




"If and when such a thing were to happen then clearly, with allies, we would study what the options were", he said.

"The Council is supportive of all efforts aimed at the prevention of the use of chemical weapons", says the draft conclusion of the summit published by Politico EU.

He called for a war powers act to be created, "so governments do get held accountable to Parliament for what they do in our name".

Meanwhile Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said Parliament should have been given a vote ahead of the strikes.

"Any peaceful diplomatic solution can not be done without this first stage - very strong, robust reaction".

Mr Johnson said yesterday that the Government is taking "every possible precaution" in preparation for any Russian retaliation in the form of cyber attacks.

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