Air strikes on Syria will not change course of war - Johnson

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Air strikes on Syria will not change course of war - Johnson

Yesterday Prime Minister Theresa May insisted the military action was "legal" and defended the decision to go ahead without securing the backing of Parliament. "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.

The United Kingdom is now not considering further attacks on Syria linked to Damascus' alleged use of chemical weapons, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Sunday.

"Entirely the right thing to do".

The OPCW itself had declared that the Syrian government's chemical weapons stockpile had been removed in 2014, only to confirm later that sarin was used in a 2017 attack in the northern town of Khan Sheikhoun.

"It is very important to stress it is not an attempt to change the tide of the war in Syria or to have a regime change", Johnson told reporters on arrival to a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Luxembourg.

Britain and France on Saturday joined the US-led missile strikes, which came a week after a deadly attack on the town of Douma, where civilians were hit with chlorine and sarin, according to the Western powers.

"But it was the world saying that we've had enough of the use of chemical weapons", he added.

Syrian authorities distribute bread vegetables and pasta to Douma residents
Syrian authorities distribute bread vegetables and pasta to Douma residents more than a week after the attack Credit Hassan Ammar AP

"The erosion of that taboo, that has been in place for 100 years, has gone too far under Bashar al-Assad and it was time that we said "no" and I think it was totally, therefore, the right thing to do".

"I'm afraid the Syrian war, in many ways, will go on in its disgusting, miserable way - but it was the world saying, we've had enough of the use of chemical weapons".

"And the world said "enough" to the use of such weapons".

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

Lithuania's foreign minister, Linas Antanas Linkevicius, said today: "Not everyone is capable to take part in the air strikes, but it's important to support [them]".

". We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised - either within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom, or elsewhere".

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

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