UK Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, is running ahead of the European Union in an attempt to put an additional political, diplomatic and military pressure on the “bloody Assad regime” and its allies, including Russia.
On April 8, the foreign secretary canceled a planned trip to Moscow after the US missile strike on Syria. Johnson had been due to fly to Russia on April 10 for talks with his Russian counterpart.
“We deplore Russia’s continued defence of the Assad regime even after the chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians. We call on Russia to do everything possible to bring about a political settlement in Syria and work with the rest of the international community to ensure that the shocking events of the last week are never repeated,” Johnson said, adding that his priority is “to continue contact with the US and others in the run-up to the G7 meeting on 10-11 April – to build coordinated international support for a ceasefire on the ground and an intensified political process.”
However, it rapidly became clear what kind of “political process” the UK is pursuing in Syria.
Johnson announced that the UK will call for new “very punitive sanctions” on Russia if Moscow does not cut ties with the Syrian government. He is going to do this at the G7 foreign ministers meeting on April 10. The move is described as a response to last week’s alleged chemical attack in the Syrian province of Idlib. There is no need to add that the mainstream media and the US-led coalition are blaiming the Assad government for this incident.
Further contributing to a “peaceful solition” of the crisis, Johnson added that the United States could launch more strikes on Syria in order to weaken the “Assad regime.”
“America could launch fresh strikes on Syria in the fight to weaken President Bashar Assad’s regime, Boris Johnson has said.
The Foreign Secretary made the warning ahead of a meeting of the G7 group of nations, who will meet in Italy today to demand that Vladimir Putin remove his troops from Syria and drop his backing for the Syrian president,” The Telegraph’s article reads.
So, the UK will actively support the US in a renewed “regime change” effort in Syria. The question is how far the US and its allies are ready to go in their military and diplomatic actions.