Presidents of France and the US Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump have agreed on a joint response in the event of a new chemical attack by Syria. Thus, in May 2017, Human Rights Watch accused Damascus of systematic use of chemical weapons in Syria, including against the civilian population. This statement was preceded by the fact that on April 4, the Khan-Sheikhun settlement in the Syrian province of Idlib was subjected to a chemical attack. In turn, London-based Syrian Center for Human Rights Monitoring reported that more than 80 people died as a result of a chemical attack. According to the Turkish agency Anadolu, 100 people were killed and another 500 injured. In response to the chemical attack, US launched a missile strike at Shira bat airbase. According to the US military, it was the airbase for planes that were deployed in the chemical attack. The US says that Bashar Assad’s regime is responsible for the chemical attack. Instead, Damascus denies its involvement. Despite Washington accusing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of preparing a potential chemical weapons attack in Syria, the US Department of State refused to disclose evidence of such preparation, saying that this is an intelligence issue. As a result, White House spokesman Sean Spicer stressed that “Damascus will pay a high price if Assad will carry out another mass murder.” Paris also warned Damascus earlier that France could unilaterally initiate air strikes on facilities in the country.
So, how do you feel about the agreement between D. Trump and E. Macron to answer Assad in case of a new chemical attack?