Hours after President Trump ordered a missile strike on a Syrian air base, responses from the rest of the world are beginning to stack up.
The U.S. military operation, which fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at the Shayrat air base, was conducted in retaliation for an apparent chemical attack by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces.
Russia, a staunch ally of Assad’s regime, swiftly condemned the U.S. strike as “an act of aggression against a sovereign state delivered in violation of international law under a far-fetched pretext,” as NPR’s Bill Chappell reports.
The Kremlin says it will suspend the “deconfliction channel,” which is intended to prevent unintentional conflicts with the U.S. in Syria, and the strike prompted the U.N. Security Council to convene an emergency meeting Friday.
A number of other international leaders also have responded to the U.S. show of force. Here’s a rundown of some of their statements, from Syria’s Middle Eastern neighbors outward.