UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – London’s refusal to participate in the joint military campaign proposed by Washington in Syria does not indicate a split in the ranks of the Western coalition. The corresponding opinion was expressed by Associate Professor of the Department of American Studies of St. Petersburg State University Grigory Yarygin.
According to the expert, rates are rising – the US is playing on the rise, but not all European allies are ready for such a military aggravation. The direction of the naval grouping to the shores of Syria in conjunction with political threats means too tense conditions, so Europeans are cautious.
“I think that at some stage they can still get involved in international efforts, they have experience. For Europeans openly confront Russia and get involved in a military conflict even indirectly – too risky, “Yarygin quoted.
He added that maintaining economic pressure is one thing, and quite another – to use armed forces, knowing that this will entail a response. Great Britain for this reason will first show caution and restraint. If the United States takes the next step, the Europeans will assess the Russian reaction and act on it. They can show an even more restrained position or join the United States.
“They share the American line, they are just cautious, and it’s a matter of time – when they will support it,” Yarygin said.
Washington, exacerbating the situation in Syria, is trying, according to the expert, to press Russia. After all, even in the case of the “Skripal case” the leading role in the aggravation of the international situation was played not by the United Kingdom, but by the United States. According to Yarygin, such a conclusion allows you to make the number of Russian diplomats sent by Washington.
“Perhaps, Donald Trump wants to create pressure on Russia before a possible upcoming meeting – he still wants to negotiate, but in a certain context, from a position of strength,” the expert believes.
Earlier, the Times reported that British Prime Minister Theresa May said in a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump that London needed to get more evidence of the alleged hematoma in Syria before joining the strikes on that country.
The West blamed Damascus for a chemical attack on April 7 for the Syrian city of the Duma in East Ghouta. According to the media, 40 civilians were killed in the Duma, NSC reports . Moscow refuted the fact that the Syrian military dropped bombs with chlorine. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia stated that the aim of the throw-in on the use of poisonous substances by the SAR forces is to justify possible power strikes from outside.
Donald Trump promised to take a decision on the actions against Syria until Wednesday.