North Atlantic Treaty Organisation convenes as Stoltenberg voices support for Syria strikes

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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg addresses a news conference after a meeting of the Alliance's 29 ambassadors in Brussels, Belgium April 14, 2018.

Activists and rebels in Syria claim that Syrian Government forces used chlorine gas on April 7 in their attack against Douma, a town near Damascus held by rebels.

Vladimir Putin said the strikes were an "act of aggression" that would have a "destructive" influence on global relations. Stoltenberg's statement was made public on the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation website.

A US -led airstrike campaign against Syria was in response to a suspected chemical attack against civilians last weekend.


He added, "But since this was blocked by Russian Federation, there was no other alternative".

Vice President Mike Pence says the airstrikes on Syria "degraded and crippled" the country's chemical weapons capability.

In separate calls, the Prime Minister spoke to the United States and French presidents to discuss the offensive.

During the NAC meeting, France, the United Kingdom and the United States briefed Allies on their joint military action in Syria overnight, as well as on the additional, non-military measures taken to reinforce the Chemical Weapons Convention. This legally questionable action risks escalating further, as US Defence Secretary James Mattis has admitted, an already devastating conflict and therefore makes real accountability for war crimes and use of chemical weapons less, not more likely'.

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