UK: We 'sent a signal' the 'world wont tolerate chemical weapons' — Boris Johnson

SOT, Boris Johnson, UK Foreign Secretary: «Well, most important point is that this has been a successful mission and we worked with our American friends, our French friends to degrade Assad's chemical weapons capability, that was the important point. And I hope that this will be a deterrent to him and, obviously I hope that it will mean no further humanitarian suffering by the Syrian people as a... Еще result of the use of chemical weapons. If he should be so cruel and so reckless as to do it again, that is a separate point, that's a separate proposition. And we would have to look together with our colleagues at what the options were then.» SOT, Journalist: «What sort of chemical weapon capability do you think has survived in Syria?» SOT, Boris Johnson, UK Foreign Secretary: «It's hard for me to say, obviously about 105 cruise missiles were launched, there were three particular sites that were struck. We hope that that has degraded his capability, but at the very least what it has done is sent a signal that the world won't tolerate the continuos erosion of the taboo against chemical weapons and the psychological boundary that there used to be in people's minds about the use of such weapons needs to be restored. It's been there for a hundred years, there were no battlefield chemical weapons used at all during the Second World War, one of the most brutal conflicts humanity has ever seen, but we're now seeing it creeping up in the early years of the 21st century. Time for the world to say no, and that's what we've done.» SOT, Journalist: «Why was it right not to consult parliament before taking this action, in this case?» SOT, Boris Johnson, UK Foreign Secretary: «Obviously, our prime consideration has to be the safety of our serving men and women and of course the effectiveness and speed of the operation and there's plenty of precedent for getting it done in this way, but of course the Prime Minister will be making a statement tomorrow to the House of Commons and I'm sure there will be every opportunity for people to make their views heard.» SOT, Journalist: «Just one more question. To what extent is the Skripal incident, the Salisbury incident, on your mind and sort of formulating the way the British government should respond to this?» SOT, Boris Johnson, UK Foreign Secretary: «The Skripal poisoning is totally on my mind, because you see a kind of continuum from Salisbury to Syria in the reckless, contemptuous use of these chemical weapons, endangering public health in Salisbury in Wiltshire and completely indiscriminately killing civilians cowering in buildings in Douma in Eastern Ghouta. So, you see the same pattern of behaviour and that's why It's so important that, together with our American friends, our French friends, we stand up and say no.» SOT, Journalist: «So the message is to Russia as much as it is to the Syrian regime?» SOT, Boris Johnson, UK Foreign Secretary: «The message is to anybody who would contemplate using these barbaric weapons that have been banned since 1925.» SOT, Journalist: «Thank you very much, sir.» SOT, Boris Johnson, UK Foreign Secretary: «Thank you.» United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson stated that the US, UK and France «sent a signal that the world won't tolerate the continuos erosion of the taboo against chemical weapons» during an interview in London, Sunday, following US-led airstrikes on Syria. «The Skripal poisoning is totally on my mind, because you see a kind of continuum from Salisbury to Syria in the reckless, contemptuous use of these chemical weapons,» added Johnson before claiming to be «endangering public health in Salisbury in Wiltshire and completely indiscriminately killing civilians cowering in buildings in Douma in Eastern Ghouta.» The US, UK and France la

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