UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Expected already on the night of Thursday, the military operation of Western countries against Syria is delayed, but it is not canceled. When the United States and its allies strike and how this will be done, it remains unclear.
On Monday, after reports of an alleged chemical attack in the Syrian Duma, US President Donald Trump promised to take a decision on actions against Syria within 24 or 48 hours, while not excluding military actions.
On Wednesday, Trump seemed to confirm the imminent attack on Syria, writing on Twitter that Russia, which promised to shoot down all the missiles launched on the ATS, should be ready, since “they will soon arrive,” but after only a few minutes the American leader made a speech in the opposite direction, suggesting that Russia stop the arms race and, in general, establish relations, including in the economic sphere.
The decision has not yet been made
However, the degree of tension around Syria began to subside by the evening. The first “good” news was reported by US Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who said that the United States is still assessing the evidence of the alleged chemical attack in Syria.
According to the minister, the US military is ready to “provide military options (actions), if they are appropriate, at the discretion of the president.” This statement was also reacted by the markets – the ruble, which for the past three days seriously “sagged” against the dollar and the euro, in the evening traded in a slight plus to these currencies.
Later, the White House made it clear that military operations should not be expected in the next few hours. According to the representative of the US administration, Sarah Sanders, Trump did not make a final decision on the attack on Syria, considering various options for both the way of the answer and his time.
“This is one of the opportunities (a blow to Syria), which simply means that this is one of the options for the actions that the president can take, or may not take.” This concerns time, “she said, answering journalists’ question whether there will be a strike on Syria and whether the last publication on Twitter Trump means that the decision to strike on Syria has already been taken.
She also noted that consultations with US partners and allies on this issue are continuing. She noted that “the president leaves a number of other options for Syria, in addition to missile strikes.”
The hostile tone is preserved
However, in addition to the relatively positive statements from the White House, rhetoric against Russia was again pronounced. According to Sara Sanders, “Trump believes that Syria and Russia are responsible for this attack (in the Syrian Duma).”
Moreover, a spokeswoman for the White House said that Washington does not exclude a possible strike against Russian forces in Syria. Asked by journalists what the Trump threats meant to Russia and whether the US could clash with the Russian armed forces, Sanders said: “This means that all options are considered.”
She also said that Russia, according to the US authorities, could not guarantee Syria’s non-use of chemical weapons. According to her, Russia acted as a guarantor of the fact that chemical weapons will not be used in Syria. “They could not do this, they also helped Syria by vetoing six different UN Security Council resolutions that helped protect (president of Bashar SAR) Asad,” she told reporters at a briefing.
Sanders noted that Russia showed itself “on the bad side,” but expressed the hope that this behavior will change.
When to wait for an attack?
As noted by Sanders, the question of the timing and manner of the US response to the supposedly occurring hematoma in Syria remains open. Meanwhile, Western media referring to sources have already reported on possible dates.
So, the British newspaper in the Telegraph , citing sources, wrote that British Prime Minister Teresa May ordered the British submarines to be sent to the missile strike range in Syria. A strike on the UAP can allegedly be done already on Thursday evening. According to the newspaper, May convened an emergency cabinet meeting on Wednesday evening, interrupting the Easter holidays of the ministers.
In turn, the British Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC, also with reference to the sources clarifies that May is ready to authorize the British participation in the attack on Syria without the consent of Parliament, which theoretically could delay the timing of the operation.
“Theresa May seems ready to join the military operations against the regime (Syrian President Bashar) Assad without the prior consent of the parliament, the BBC informed sources,” the TV channel reported.
According to sources, May considers it necessary to act urgently. In addition, she does not want to delay in the decision of US President Donald Trump and seeks to avoid the delay that the issue will bring about in the parliament.
At the same time, the American media provide other information. The United States and its allies may strike Syria not earlier than the end of the week, the CNN channel said again, citing sources.
The channel notes that Trump continues to participate in active consultations with partners, mainly French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Mae, on coordinated action. However, the leaders have not yet reached a firm agreement on the scope or timing of the attack, officials said.
Meanwhile, diplomats continue to work to resolve the emerging dangerous situation. In the Permanent Representation of Peru to the UN (Chairman of the Security Council in April), they said that at 10.00 (17.00 Moscow time) on Thursday the Council will hear a regular briefing on the topic of non-proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. At the end of this meeting, the members of the Council will retire to closed consultations on the topic of “Maintaining peace and security”, which Bolivia requested.
A representative of the UN Department of Political Affairs will make a report to the Security Council. At the same time Bolivia earlier on Wednesday announced the convening of consultations of the UN Security Council in connection with the “escalation of rhetoric” on Syria and threats of unilateral actions.