US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis reiterated Sunday that it would be “very unwise” for the Syrian regime to use gas against civilians.
Mattis told reporters enroute to Oman, “we have made it very clear that it would be very unwise to use gas against people, civilians on any battlefield.” He added “Russia was the framework guarantor that Assad would get rid of all of it. Again, either Russia is incompetent or in cahoots with Assad.” He noted that there is “an awful lot of reports about chlorine gas use or about symptoms that could be resulting from chlorine gas.” “I don’t have evidence right now of it. I just want to reiterate it would be very unwise for them to use weaponized gas. And I think President Trump made that very clear early in his administration,” he stressed.
On the situation in East Ghouta, Mattis noted “Russia signs up with the UN Security Council for a cease-fire. Their partner proceeds to bomb, at best, indiscriminately; at worst, targeting hospitals. I don’t know which it is. Either they’re incompetent or they’re committing illegal acts, or both.” The defense chief affirmed that President Donald Trump “has full political maneuver room to take the decision that he believes appropriate, and there are other Western nations that have been in contact with us, who are watching this very closely and are completely aligned with us, and what I just said, that it would be very unwise for someone to use gas.”
Source: Kuwait News Agency