Russia's deputy envoy to the UN, Vladimir Safronkov, on Friday warned that the U.S.' airstrikes on a Syrian base could have damaging consequences on regional and global stability.
"The United States attacked the territory of sovereign Syria. We describe that attack as a flagrant violation of international law and an act of aggression," Safronkov said during an emergency UN Security Council meeting in New York.
The United States' Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said the response was "fully justified" and warned that the U.S. was prepared to do more but hoped that it would not come to that. "The United States will not stand by when chemical weapons are used. It is in our vital national security interest to prevent the spread and use of chemical weapons," Haley said.
Britain and the UK came out in the strong support of the U.S. strikes, saying that such a response was "appropriate" after Tuesday's possible chemical attack.
On April 7, U.S. warships launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian government airbase following a chemical airstrike in the province of Idlib blamed on President Assad.
UNICEF confirmed at least 27 children had been killed in the attack in Idlib.