Macron Says France Can Prove Assad Committed Syrian Attack
Macron Says France Can Prove Assad Committed Syrian Attack
France Says They Have Proof Syria Used Chemical Weapons
13 April, 2018, 01:28
The Kremlin warned Thursday that the USA and its allies, who are weighing military strikes on Syria, to avoid any steps that could destabilize the situation there.
Meanwhile, Trump tweeted a clarification saying he had never said when the United States would attack Syria.
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that he had evidence that chemical weapons were used in rebel-held enclave of Douma in Syria and that the regime of Bashar al-Assad was behind the attack.
In Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany would not participate in any military strike on Syria. He added that it would have an "utterly destructive impact on the Syrian settlement". He also revealed that he has had a number of calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and promised that France "would not allow for an escalation that would endanger the stability of the region". "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!"
President Emmanuel Macron of France has said he has "proof" that the Syrian government carried out chemical weapons attack on Douma.
Meanwhile, an worldwide chemical weapons watchdog organization said Thursday that its team is en route to Syria and will begin work Saturday to investigate the attack, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said.
"Our teams have been working on this all week and we will need to take decisions in due course, when we judge it most useful and effective", Macron told broadcaster TF1.
"France will in no way allow an escalation or anything that would harm regional stability, but we cannot allow regimes believe they can act with impunity to violate global law in the worst possible way", the French president said during the interview.
France is expected to join the USA and Britain in carrying out air strikes in response to the use of the weapons but it remains unclear if it will definitely happen and if so, when.
In a tweet sent Wednesday morning, Trump warned that missiles would be coming "nice and new and "smart" on Syria, but in a later tweet insisted he "never said" an attack would take place.
Amid the talk of military action, the Kremlin, a close ally of Assad, countered that more "serious approaches" were needed to combat the crisis.
Douma was the last major rebel stronghold near Damascus. There was also no indication that Syrian government forces had entered Douma on Thursday, the Associated Press reported.
That attack in Duma, a rebel-held town in Syria's eastern Ghouta region, left dozens dead, including children.
Russian Federation has warned the West against attacking its ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is also supported by Iran, saying that there is no evidence of a chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma near Damascus.
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