Russia suspends deal with U.S. after airstrikes, calls for emergency U.N. meeting

Russia says it’s suspending a deal with the U.S. that prevents midair collisions over Syria in response to the U.S. strike on a Syrian air base. Russian President Vladimir Putin believes the strikes broke international law and seriously damaged U.S.-Russia relations, news agencies cited the Kremlin as saying on Friday. Russia also wants an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council to discuss U.S. missile strikes on Syria, describing the action as “thoughtless.”

This is not the first time the United States has resorted to such a thoughtless step, which merely exacerbates existing problems and threatens global security.

Russian Foreign Ministry

Iran, one of the biggest supporters of Assad, has also condemned the airstrike, saying the “unilateral action is dangerous, destructive and violates the principles of international law.” That’s according to Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi. Britain gave its backing to the U.S., and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he supports the “strong and clear message.” German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel called U.S. strike on Syria “understandable.”