Strikes on Syria will not lead to the displacement of Assad


British foreign minister Boris Johnson on Sunday said the Syrian war must be allowed to "proceed as it will", after unprecedented Western strikes against the country's alleged chemical weapons facilities.

It came in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on the rebel-held city of Douma a week earlier which claimed the lives of 75 people, including young children.

Beats the USA, the United Kingdom and France on Syria will not break the course of the war and will not lead to regime change in Damascus, said the British Minister of foreign Affairs and Commonwealth Affairs of Boris Johnson upon arrival at a meeting of foreign Ministers of the EU.

The Foreign Secretary said Saturday's military action was necessary to show Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that the use of chemical weapons would not be tolerated.

"It is very important to stress it is not an attempt to change the tide of the war in Syria or to have a regime change", Johnson told reporters on arrival to a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Luxembourg. I'm afraid the Syrian war, in many ways, will go in its terrible, miserable way.

"There is no proposal on the table for further attacks because so far, thank heavens, the Assad regime has not been so foolish to launch another chemical weapons attack", Johnson said.

Meanwhile Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said Parliament should have been given a vote ahead of the strikes.

The Government is though expected to win global support for the strikes at today's European Union foreign affairs council in Luxembourg.

The air strikes, carried out by the US, UK and French military, targeted three separate targets in Syria linked to the Assad regime's chemical weapons program.

Despite describing the intervention as "successful", Britain's foreign minister said there were now no plans for further attacks.

The OPCW itself had declared that the Syrian regime's chemical weapons stockpile had been removed in 2014, only to confirm later that sarin was used in a 2017 attack in the northern town of Khan Sheikhun.

"Any peaceful diplomatic solution can not be done without this first stage - very strong, robust reaction".

Boris Johnson warned yesterday that Russian Federation could retaliate through cyberattacks on the NHS or power networks.