Syria: 'Mission accomplished,' says Trump after overnight strikes – live updates
US, UK and France take part in strikes on targets associated with chemical weapons in the wake of gas attack on Douma
In Brussels, where officials have been watching developments closely, all eyes are on Russia’s possible reaction. One senior minister, who preferred to remain unnamed, said while it was thought Moscow would pursue diplomatic channels in the coming days a more strident response could not be ruled out.
“There is definitely concern over what Russia will do but for the moment it seems they will not react militarily,” said the official who holds a post at the highest levels of the European Commission. “We’ve been meeting this afternoon to discuss reaction and the feeling is Moscow will definitely do something beyond the diplomatic although what no one knows. It can turn off gas [supplies to Europe] or rachet up tensions in the Ukraine again even if right now the feeling also is that on both sides what we have seen is a lot of face-saving all round.”
The United States is “locked and loaded” to strike again if Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad’s government again uses chemical weapons, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the security council on Saturday.
“We are confident that we have crippled Syria’s chemical weapons program. We are prepared to sustain this pressure, if the Syrian regime is foolish enough to test our will,” she said.Continue reading...