Russian President Vladimir Putin is calling the missile strike President Trump ordered against Syria on Thursday “an act of aggression against a sovereign state delivered in violation of international law under a far-fetched pretext.”
At Russia’s urging, an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council began shortly after 11:30 a.m. ET Friday to discuss the attack, in which two U.S. guided-missile destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at Syria’s Shayrat air base, the facility that hosted warplanes that the U.S. says carried out a chemical weapons strike in Idlib province earlier this week.
The emergency session was led by U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who is currently serving as the Security Council’s president.
In the past six years, Haley said, Syria has terrorized its own people and “committed criminal acts that shocked the conscience of all humanity.”
She continued, “The international community has repeatedly expressed its outrage. The Joint Investigative Mechanism has found beyond any doubt that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons against its own people multiple times.”
Haley then discussed Tuesday’s apparent chemical attack, saying Syria had murdered “innocent men, women, and children in the most gruesome way.”