Iran and Russia condemn assault but supporting comes from allies including Canada and Israel

The decision by the US president, Donald Trump, to launch air strikes on Syria with backing from the UK and France has proved globally divisive, with some countries praising the military action while others condemned it as provocative and unacceptable.

Among the strongest critics of the airstrikes were Russia and Iran, staunch friends of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, who both have a military presence on the ground in Syria.

Russia

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, denounced the strikes as an” act of aggressivenes” that would exacerbate humanitarian catastrophe in Syria.

In a statement issued by the Kremlin, the Russian leader told Moscow was calling situations of emergency session of the United Nation security council over the strikes launched by the US, Britain and France.

Putin added that the attack had a” destructive influence on the entire system of international relations “.

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