WASHINGTON DC, The United States – Despite the absence of any chemical weapons incidents in Syria, the United States continues to blame the Syrian government directly for accidents with such weapons in the territory of the Arab country.
The announcement by US President Donald Trump about the withdrawal of US troops stationed in Syria does not seem to have affected the overall course of Washington’s policy in the Arab country. The latest threat against Bashar Assad’s government was made this Saturday by US National Security Adviser John Bolton.
“There is absolutely no change in the U.S. position against the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime and absolutely no change in our position that any use of chemical weapons would be met by a very strong response, as we’ve done twice before,” Bolton told reporters on his plane shortly before landing in Tel Aviv, Israel.
“So the regime, the Assad regime, should be under no illusions on that question,” said Bolton, who is on a four-day trip to Israel and Turkey.
Bolton also recalled that Washington would blame Syrian President Bashar Assad for any chemical-related incident.
“As we elaborate how the (U.S. troop) withdrawal is going to occur and the circumstances, we don’t want the Assad regime to see what we do as representing any diminution in our opposition to the use of weapons of mass destruction,” he said.
If chemical weapons were to be used, “a lot of options would be on the table … if they don’t heed the lessons of those two strikes the next one will be more telling,” Bolton said.
The US continues to directly blame Damascus for almost all chemical weapons incidents in Syria, ignoring the real evidence. Trump bombarded Syria on two occasions for allegedly using chemical weapons in April 2017 and April 2018. The air strike last year was made with the help of London and Paris in response to the alleged chemical attack against the city of Douma (Eastern Ghouta), in which the West accused the government of Bashar Assad without having any proof.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry, for its part, pointed out that the attacks of an informational nature on the alleged use of chemical weapons by Syrian government forces were intended to cover up terrorists and justify possible external military action. The ministry has warned against any military action based on improvised and fabricated reports, adding that this could have severe consequences.