Despite the doubts and the uncertainty that it creates in Brussels the foreign policy of the new american administration, the european partners have closed ranks with the president, Donald Trump in his first major military decision.
Both the European Union and NATO have backed this Friday unequivocally the attack from the USA, without the endorsement of the United Nations, against a military base in Syria. Consider it fully justified as retaliation for the use of chemical weapons against the civilian population by the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
Fight against chemical attacks
“The bombing of the united States shows the determination necessary against the wild chemical attacks. The EU will work with US to end the brutality in Syria,” she wrote on her Twitter account, the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, who acts as the spokesman of the leaders of the 28. “The United States have informed the EU that these bombings have been limited, and sought to prevent new atrocities with chemical weapons”, has been highlighted by his part, the president of the Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, who “understands” the action of Trump.
“The repeated use of chemical weapons should have an answer”, says Juncker. “There is a clear distinction between the bombing of military objectives and the use of chemical weapons against the civilian population”, he stressed in a press release. However, the president of the Commission is of the opinion that “only a political transition” to end the spiral of violence in Syria, and to consolidate a durable peace.
To the secretary-general of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, the syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad “has all the responsibility,” in what happened. “Any use of chemical weapons is unacceptable, it cannot be left without response and should hold those responsible to account,” said Stoltenberg in a statement.
The Atlantic Alliance “considers that the use of chemical weapons as a threat to international peace and security”. The member countries of the NATO “will support all international efforts to achieve peace and a political solution in Syria“.