UK Foreign Secretary thanks Poland for political support over Syria

UK Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson has thanked Poland for political support given to Great Britain for Syria military strikes, Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

According to the ministry's statement, the main topic of talks, held on Sunday at Johnson's initiative with his Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz, was the situation in Syria, "including in particular military actions taken by the US, Great Britain and France against President Bashar al-Assad's regime for a suspected chemical attack."

"Referring to the statement of the Polish President Andrzej Duda, Czaputowicz declared Poland's readiness to consistently support activities aimed at preventing the use of chemical weapons," the statement read.

In the early hours of Saturday, US, British and French forces carried out a series of missile and air strikes against Syrian targets in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, on April 7, which left more than 60 people dead. The missiles hit a Syrian chemical R&D facility and weapon depots west of the city of Homs, US forces said.

Czaputowicz-Johnson talks also focused on the "actions taken by the US and EU countries in response to the chemical attack in Salisbury," and "the issue of expulsion of a significant number of Russian diplomats". The ministers agreed that "this was an important manifestation of allied unity in the face of a blatant violation of the international law norms."

Fourteen EU member states and the USA had decided to expel Russian diplomats in response to the March 4 attack on British-resident, former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the British town of Salisbury. In the course of the investigation, the British authorities found that the attack was carried out with the use of a Russian-made Novichok nerve agent.  

Both politicians stressed the role that "direct consultations between Polish and British Prime Ministers Mateusz Morawiecki and Theresa May" had in these activities.