Sir Peter Tapsell has spoken about fears of a possible ‘armageddon’ situation developing in the Middle East as the Syrian crisis continues.
Sir Peter, the MP for Louth and Horncastle, was involved in Prime Minister’s Questions earlier this week.
He admitted he was concerned about the possible intervention of Russia, if America ‘illegally’ bombarded Syrian government forces.
He asked Prime Minister David Cameron: “As the Syrian tragedy has unfolded, I have always had the armageddon question in the back of my mind which I shall now, in an understated form, put to the Prime Minister if I may.
“If the Americans illegally bombard the Assad forces and Assad legally invites the Russians in to degrade the rebels, what will NATO do?”
The Prime Minster replied by assuring Sir Peter that the Government would only support ‘legal and proportionate’ action.
He told Sir Peter: “The first point I would make to my right honourable friend is that we would never support illegal action.
“We debated this at some length last week and it is not the case that the only way action can be legal is a UN resolution.
“We would only support action that was legal and proportionate.
“As I have said, Britain would not be taking part in any of this action.
”In a way, we have to put the armageddon question around the other way which is that if no action were taken following President Obama’s red line and this appalling use of chemical weapons, what sort of armageddon would the Syrian people face.”
Sir Peter recently voted against the Government regarding military intervention in Syria.