After airstrikes, European Union seeks to revive political process in Syria

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 17, 2018

In a statement after talks in Luxembourg, EU foreign ministers unequivocally blamed President Bashar al-Assad's regime for the Douma attack and gave implicit backing to Saturday's Western military action.

"The targeted U.S., French, and United Kingdom airstrikes on chemical weapons facilities in Syria were specific measures having been taken with the sole objective to prevent further use of chemical weapons and chemical substances as weapons by the Syrian regime to kill its own people", the statement read.

They noted the Syrian government, supported by Russian Federation and Iran, has stepped up its military operations without regard for civilian casualties.

The EU foreign ministers are meeting as the US prepares to impose further sanctions against Russian Federation, a key ally of al-Assad, as part of its response to the suspected chemical attack.

They said they understand the joint airstrikes were conducted to prevent the Syrian government from using more chemical weapons and killing its own people.

"The Council is supportive of all efforts aimed at the prevention of the use of chemical weapons".

British Foreign Minister, Boris Johnson, said that the airstrikes were "entirely the right thing to do".

Germany's powerful Chancellor Angela Merkel declared the strikes "necessary and appropriate", but other European Union members have been keen to avoid any step that could lead to further escalation.

German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, stressed that "this conflict can not be solved without Russian Federation, " adding that he wants a "constructive contribution" from the country.

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