Air Strikes
 Beijing: China and Russia strongly opposed the joint attack by the US, France and the UK on Syria, saying any action bypassing the UN charter violates the principles of international law and the basic norms governing international relations.

Russia has noted that media and social network reports have become the basis for Saturday’s strike against Syria rather than US, British and French intelligence data, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told.

 The US has ordered the launch of air strikes on Syria in retaliation for the alleged chemical attacks by President Bashar al-Assad. US President Donald Trump claimed that the joint action was meant to establish a “strong deterrent” against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons.

 

Calling for the relevant parties to return to the framework of international law and resolve the Syria issue through dialogue and negotiation, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said Beijing has opposed the use of force.

China opposed the use of force in international relations and called for respect for other countries’ sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity,” she said in response to media queries, seeking Beijing reaction to the air strikes.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today welcomed Western strikes against Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s regime as “appropriate” in retaliation for Damascus’ “inhumane” attacks.

The United States, Britain and France carried out a wave of pre-dawn strikes against the Assad regime today in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians on 7 April.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today the air strikes against the Syrian regime were “necessary and appropriate” after the suspected chemical weapons attacks that killed dozens in Douma.

“We support the fact that our US, British and French allies … assumed their responsibilities. The military intervention was necessary and appropriate,” Merkel said in a statement. However, the chancellor on Thursday had ruled out Germany joining any military action against Syria.