April 7, 2017 / 10:20 AM / 2 years ago

Syrian regime bears 'full responsibility' for U.S. strikes: NATO

A woman walks past the NATO logo at the entrance of the Alliance headquarters ahead of a NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels December 4, 2003.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “bears full responsibility” for the U.S. airstrikes against an air base in Syria.

“The Syrian regime bears the full responsibility for this development,” Stoltenberg said in a statement.

“Any use of chemical weapons is unacceptable, cannot go unanswered, and those responsible must be held accountable,” said Stoltenberg, who was informed by the U.S. defense minister that strikes would go ahead.

Reporting by Robin Emmott; editing by Robert-Jan Bartunek

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