Amid a renewed Western push to blame Syria for “chemical attacks” against civilians, the UK says it will start “seriously” considering joining US military strikes against the Arab country if such claims are ever established.
“If we know that it has happened, and we can demonstrate it, and if there is a proposal for action where the UK could be useful then I think we should seriously consider it,” Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told the BBC on Tuesday.
On Monday, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is sympathetic to anti-Damascus militants, said 14 civilians had suffered breathing difficulties after a Syrian warplane struck the village in the Eastern Ghouta region in the Syrian capital’s suburbs.
The report came just after Russia warned that militants were planning a gas attack there to pin it on the Syrian government.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, however, dismissed the report as…