- Russia called for a meeting of the United Nations Security Council following the US-led military strikes on Syria late Friday.
- The Security Council will meet Saturday.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin called the operation an “act of aggression,” and Iran said it was a “criminal” attack.
- NATO and the US’s other allies expressed support for the strikes, which were carried out in response to a chemical attack in Syria thought to have been ordered by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A UN Security Council diplomat says the council will meet later Saturday at Russia’s request, following the US-led airstrikes on Syria.
Moscow has denounced the attack on its ally by the US, Britain, and France. Russian president Vladimir Putin calls it an “act of aggression” that will only worsen the humanitarian crisis in Syria.
The Security Council held emergency meetings this past week on the suspected poison gas attack last weekend in the rebel-controlled Damascus suburb of Douma.
President Donald Trump and his British and French allies say the airstrikes were necessary to deter Syria’s use of chemical weapons. Russia insists there’s no evidence that chemical weapons were used.
A fact-finding team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is in Syria to investigate.