Russia's stance left allies with no option on Syria airstrikes - North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief

Clay Curtis
April 15, 2018

All NATO member states expressed their support for the strikes of France, the United Kingdom, and the United States against Syria, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Saturday. "This will reduce the regime's ability to further attack the people of Syria with chemical weapons", he said, adding that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation considered the use of chemical weapons as a threat to global peace and security.

"This calls for a collective and effective response by the global community".

On April 7, the volunteer organizations reported that the chemical attack at Douma, the East Ghouta took place.

"NATO has consistently condemned Syria's continued use of chemical weapons as a clear breach of global norms and agreements", Stoltenberg said in a statement.

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"No. Actually on the contrary, I think if we have just been silent, and accepted the use of chemical weapons, it would have undermined the efforts to find a political solution".

While NATO has issued a strong statement of support for its three allies which launched a military strike against Syria over the suspected chemical attack of last weekend, the United Nations called for restraint. As a result of this attack at least 70 people died.

US President Donald Trump Friday announced a joint US-British-French operation against Syria, targeting the Assad regime for a chemical attack last week which had left several dead.

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