British foreign Secretary William Hague has admitted that there will be “major disadvantages” to a military intervention in Syria but has insisted the military option remains on the table for the Middle Eastern country.
Hague told the House of Commons foreign affairs committee that he does not support invading Syria yet he added the escalating crisis could lead to such a move in the future that would be only possible with the full backing of the US.
“It would require intervention on a vastly greater scale than was the case in Libya, with no prospect at the moment of agreement at the U.N. Security Council, and would require the full involvement of the United States,” Hague told the committee.
This comes as reports say Britain is conducting spy operations against the Syrian government and handing intelligence to terrorists armed by western countries to topple Syrian president Bashar Assad’s government.
Hague also said that he will discuss the situation is Syria with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov next week on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York.
Britain and its western allies have been pushing for a UN Security Council resolution against Syria but Russia and China have so far vetoed such moves three times.