The United States Department of Defense said it was ready to take action if US President Donald Trump decided to respond to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said.
At the same time, the organization denied that it was increasing the number of its destroyers in the Middle East to attack Syrian government forces.
“As we all know, we do not report on our future military actions or how we are going to react to [Syrian President Bashar] Assad’s chemical attacks,” the senior official added.
On August 27, the Russian Defense Ministry stated that Washington is increasing the number of cruise missile carriers in the Middle East to attack Syrian government forces after a planned staging with alleged use of chemical weapons in Idlib province.
Moscow believes the American destroyer equipped with 28 Tomahawk missiles that recently entered the waters of the Mediterranean could attack any part of Syria.
This also comes as French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday in a speech to the French ambassadors that his country is ready to carry out more air strikes in Syria in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by Damascus.
He also noted that he never insisted on the resignation of Syrian President Bashar Assad in exchange for providing humanitarian assistance to the country. At the same time, the French president suggested that leaving power in the future in the hands of Assad “would be a serious mistake.”
“France cannot appoint future Syrian leaders … But it is our duty and our interest to ensure that the Syrian people can do this,” he said.
Macron said he fears a serious humanitarian crisis in Syria’s Idlib province, as the Syrian Army prepares to launch an operation against the jihadist-held province that is fully of terrorist groups that are supported by Turkey, the US, France and other states.