The German Defense Ministry is considering a possibility to participate in the United States, Britain and France attacks on Syria in case of chemical weapons use there, wrote the tabloid Bild on Monday, September 10.
The report noted that the head of the department Ursula von der Leyen gave orders to look into the possibility of Germany's participation in strikes against the Syrian government forces in case of the use of chemical weapons.
"The Tornado aicraft of the Bundeswehr could perform air strikes against the military infrastructure side by side with the U.S., Britain, France and probably other new allies," writes Bild.
The publication emphasizes that Germany’s participation in the operation can play a "historical" role and lead to the first direct confrontation with Russia.
At the same time, as Bild points out, even if the Defense Ministry works on these plans, the Chancellor makes the final decision. In the event when Germany needs to join this operation promptly, due to lack of time, the parliament will be asked already after the fact.
Earlier reports stated that the U.S. and its allies are going to respond quickly if Syrian authorities used chemical weapons.
Russia’s Ministry of Defense warned about staged provocations with the use of chemical weapons in Syria. On Sunday, September 9, the Russian military accused the US of using prohibited phosphorous ammunition in the Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor. The Pentagon denied the accusations.