Russian Federation says it has proof Britain was behind alleged Syria chemical attack

Andrew Cummings
April 14, 2018

Theresa May has called together her government ministers to discuss whether the UK should support action by the United States against the country.

Formally, the prime minister has the right to go to war without approval from parliament, but a convention has been established in previous conflicts where MPs have a vote either before or shortly after military action begins.

The BBC said May was ready to give the go-ahead for Britain to take part in action led by the USA without seeking prior approval from parliament, and the Financial Times said the cabinet had agreed to this.

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This image released by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, shows a child receiving oxygen through respirators following an alleged poison gas attack in the rebel-held town of Douma, near Damascus, Syria.

Russian Federation has warned the West against attacking its Syrian ally President Bashar al-Assad, who is also supported by Iran, and says there is no evidence of a chemical attack in Douma, a town near Damascus which had been rebel-held until this month.

Some lawmakers have expressed reservations about taking military action now, but others have come to believe the 2013 vote was a mistake.

Her office said that May had talked with US President Donald Trump by telephone on Thursday evening to discuss Syria.

May has not confirmed whether Britain will participate directly, but said "the continued use of chemical weapons can not go unchallenged".

No details of United Kingdom involvement in any military action in Syria were mentioned in the Downing Street statement.

The crisis has evoked memories of the Iraq War, which was approved by parliament and left 179 British soldiers dead and unleashed years of sectarian violence.

Britain continues to support the US-led coalition targeting IS jihadists in Iraq and Syria, and has conducted more than 1,700 strikes. Downing Street spokesmen repeatedly declined to comment on that report.

Prime Minister Theresa May has condemned the suspected chemical attack in Syria calling it "shocking and barbaric".

"All the indications are that the Syrian regime was responsible, " May said.

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