After Western missile strikes on Syria that aimed toward punishing Bashar Assad for an alleged chemical attack, France is urging Russia to join in reviving peace efforts whereas the Syrian leader was said to have appeared unfazed Sunday in a meeting with Russian politicians.
In an interview published Sunday in the” Journal du Dimanche” newspaper, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian reached out to Russia, saying “we should join our efforts to promote a political process in Syria that would allow a way out of the crisis.” French President Emmanuel Macron was expected to strike a similar tone in a televised interview later Sunday.
On the other hand, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told the BBC he hopes there is no need for additional strikes against Syria, but that Britain and its allies will consider further action if Assad uses chemical weapons in the future.
Johnson told the BBC the airstrikes were proportionate and showed “the world has said enough is enough.”
“So far, thank heavens, the Assad regime has not been so foolish to launch another chemical weapons attack,” he said, adding that Britain and its allies “would study what the options were” in the event of another attack.
Trump tweeted on Sunday that the mission was “so perfectly carried out, with such precision, that the only way the Fake News Media could demean was by my use of the term ‘Mission Accomplished.’”
However, the Russian politicians whom met with Assad on Sunday and said that he was in high spirits, while Assad was quoted in state media as saying the Western strikes were based on “lies and misinformation” at the U.N. Security Council.