Boris Johnson gives evidence to the Foreign Affairs Committee in Portcullis House, London [Image: PA/PA Wire].

Boris Johnson gives evidence to the Foreign Affairs Committee in Portcullis House, London [Image: PA/PA Wire].

Whoever said Boris Johnson might start World War III seems set to be proved right.

What’s striking is the contrast between what Mr Johnson says is (or rather, isn’t) happening and the words of Russian President Vladimir Putin, that were published on This Blog earlier today (October 13).

If Mr Johnson wants Russia involved in joint talks, why hasn’t he invited his friend Sergei Lavrov to these talks at Chevening? We’re told he was full of stories about his friend Sergei at the Conservative Party Conference, so why can’t he invited his friend to his posh residence for a chat with the boys and girls from the US, France and Germany?

The West should consider fresh military action to help protect civilians in Syria, Boris Johnson has declared.

In a stern warning to the Assad regime and its Russian backers, the Foreign Secretary told MPs that “more kinetic options, military options” were being looked at in a bid to end the suffering of the people of Aleppo and elsewhere.

Johnson’s words came ahead of a summit at his official Chevening residence this weekend, when US Secretary of State John Kerry and French and German ministers gather to discuss the next steps in Syria.

HuffPost UK has learned that the option of a “no bomb zone” – a plan which avoids the risk of downing Russian planes in a “no fly zone” – is being looked at within Whitehall.

He stressed that the UK’s preference was to get Russia back to into joint talks with the US over Syria’s future, but pointed out that patience was running out with Moscow’s failure to engage.

Downing Street added today: “The PM would weigh up very carefully any option that is put forward.”

Source: Boris Johnson: West Should Consider ‘Military Option’ To Protect Civilians In Syria | Huffington Post

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