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.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses supporters Friday in the southern province of Hatay. Erdogan says the U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air base is a “concrete step” but argues that it’s not enough.
Turkey: “I hope this operation marks a beginning”
“We find it important and significant that Mr. Trump particularly kept his promise and staged the operation, and we support it,” Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said, according to Hurriyet Daily News. “We are also calling on all the international community to be in solidarity on this issue.”
The paper reports that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed the strike at a rally Friday.
“We find this [operation] positive as a step against the al-Assad regime’s war crimes committed with chemical and conventional weapons. But is it enough? I don’t see it as being enough,” he said. “No one has the right to feel tranquil and secure in a world where children are brutally slaughtered.”
He added: “I hope this operation marks a beginning.”