Hammond : “Cumbersome” Democratic Process Impedes West Confronting Russia

© AFP 2022 / FAYEZ NURELDINE British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond listens during a joint press conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud bin al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz (not pictured) after a meeting on March 23, 2015 in Riyadh
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond listens during a joint press conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud bin al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz (not pictured) after a meeting on March 23, 2015 in Riyadh - Sputnik International
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Western governments are less able to timely react to the international challenges due to “cumbersome” democratic process, putting it in disadvantage while dealing with Russia, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told the Foreign Affairs Select Committee.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In early June, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon told UK lawmakers that they should once again consider launching similar airstrikes in Syria.

“We as a nation and as part of an alliance in NATO must think about how we deal with the challenge of our relatively cumbersome decision-making processes,” Hammond said citing Russian agility in crises as quoted by the Financial Times on Tuesday.

He added that Western governments “need to get buy-in for any action from a wide range of actors — buy-in from the media, buy-in from parliament and buy-in from the public.”

Hammond provided an example of a 2013 vote by the UK parliament against the country's participation in military action in Syria.

“[We see] Iraq and Syria as a single theatre with a limited set of permissions which stop at an artificial borderline. That is militarily inefficient…. It is difficult to see how Daesh will be effectively militarily defeated without being defeated in its home base of Raqa [in Syria]."

The Islamic State jihadist group, also known as Daesh, has seized large areas in Iraq and Syria. In September 2014, the United Kingdom joined the US-led coalition, which has been conducting airstrikes on ISIL positions in Iraq since August 2014.

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