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Even the closest US allies refuse to "punish Assad"

Even the closest US allies refuse to "punish Assad"

13.04.2018
Tags: Syria, War in the Middle East, USA, West, Politics

The United States is actively collecting a coalition for a massive missile strike against Syria. They need it "from the point of view of politics and PR, that Americans are not alone trying to punish the" animal of Assad ", analysts comment. Who from Washington's allies expressed readiness to take part in this adventure and what could be their real contribution?

British Prime Minister Teresa May ordered British submarines to approach Syria for a missile strike distance. In addition, the source of the Times newspaper reported that the British air force aircraft in Cyprus are brought to full combat readiness to strike at the ATS. "Our planes are on the airstrip in Akrotiri (the British military base in Cyprus - note VZGLYAD). We are ready, "he stressed. Also in a possible operation can also be involved destroyers of the type "Daring" (type 45), in particular destroyer "Duncan".

If the day before Teresa May claimed that London needed evidence of the involvement of the Bashar Assad government in the East Huta Himalayan, now it is already promoting the idea of ​​British participation in a quick strike against Syria with the US, forgetting about any investigations. Thus, the British media, referring to informed sources, suggest that the blow can be dealt with on Thursday evening.

Sources at Downing Street told the Guardian that the decision could be made by the Cabinet without agreement with the parliament. Some ministers privately admit that they need more evidence of the guilt of the Syrian leadership. But most of them are ready to support May, because she stated that "everything indicates that the Syrian regime is responsible."

But most opposition parties are unhappy with such actions of May, stressing that she is obliged to hold such questions through parliamentary voting. May's reluctance to coordinate the decision with the parliament is easy to explain - she fears that, without a stable majority in parliament, she will repeat the failure of her predecessor, David Cameron, in 2013, when the Laborites blocked his initiative on air strikes in Syria. However, the parliament will rest until Monday in connection with the Easter holidays, so the British prime minister hopes to do without his participation.

"Theresa May said she would send submarines to Syria, which would be from Syria at a rocket strike distance. It is clear that the British aviation in Cyprus is alerted for a reason. However, it is not completely clear about the rest of the fleet's forces, "military expert Aleksey Leonkov told the newspaper VZGLYAD. "There is also a question what kind of submarines Britain intends to send.

Boats "Astyut", which they carry cruise missiles, are in a very deplorable technical condition. Plus, they still had the Vengard boats, but these are boats carrying ballistic missiles. Then the question arises: Did Teresa May conceive of a small victorious nuclear war? "

- the interlocutor is perplexed.

Associate Professor of the RGU. Plekhanov, military political scientist Alexander Perendzhiev confirmed to the newspaper LOOK that the British have recently complained about the condition of submarines and their poor quality. So, they "can designate a march", but how accurately and clearly they shoot - a big question.

A firmer position than Britain, from the very beginning, France occupied. It was Paris who first expressed his readiness to join the US in the event of a decision to strike on Syria. And already on Tuesday the French frigate "Akiten" joined the American destroyer "Donald Cook" in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Syria.

"The French have a kind of fleet. They have aviation, but, as we know, they have no serious combat experience. They will show the flag, but I do not expect serious participation. There may be some communication and support ships, "Leonkov stressed.

The firm intention of Australia to join the American attacks on Syria is much more nontrivial. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said that Australia "will support any action that will be reconciled and proportionate." As is known, Canberra also participates in the anti-Guilian coalition: eight airplanes of the Australian Air Force are deployed on the basis of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the United Arab Emirates, which took part in military operations in Syria and Iraq.

"Australia can play a very supporting role. They have some kind of aviation, but it does not represent anything substantial. Plus, perhaps one or two units of the fleet they will bring to the region, but they need time for this, "Leonkov believes (the path from Australia to the Persian Gulf is roughly equivalent to the path of the US carrier group from Virginia to the eastern Mediterranean coast - note VZGLYAD).

But another US ally - Germany - on the contrary, refused to support Washington. German parliamentarians called on Trump to abandon the attack on Syria. So, the representative of the party "Union 90 / Greens" Jürgen Trittin insisted that the FRG authorities should come out with a clear position and tell Washington and Moscow that Berlin requires an investigation of the alleged hematoca. As a result, on Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel summed up that the FRG would not take part in a possible military action of Western countries in Syria.

Italy refused to participate in the actual military operation, but agreed to provide logistical support to the NATO allies. Turkey agreed on something similar. She expressed readiness in the case of an operation in Syria to discuss with the Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg the use of the American military base "Incirlik". The rest of the close American allies, even such as Canada and Saudi Arabia, have not shown any interest in the missile attacks announced by Trump. Even Israel, which attacked the Syrian air base at Et-Tiyas on Monday from its anti-Iranian considerations, has not yet expressed a desire to get involved in the adventure of the US president.

Thus, at the moment, the mini-coalition of Americans on a missile strike on Syria consists only of France, Australia and not fully determined Britain. "Even if you try to form a group for all of this in order to inflict a massive blow, they really need a lot of time and resources to collect. And it's understandable that Russia will not just look at it that way, "Leonkov stressed. "From the military point of view, the US allies are not needed. But from the point of view of politics and PR they are necessary to show that Americans are not alone trying to punish the "animal of Assad". Plus, for all actions, collective responsibility will be borne, "he said.

Alexey Nechaev, Marina Baltacheva, Nikita Kovalenko
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