Russia’s Foreign Minister considers the killing of General Kassem Soleimani to be contrary to international law. Heads of state around the world are calling for no risk of escalation in the Middle East.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of violating international law by killing Kassem Soleimani. Americans’ actions are escalating in the Middle East, Lavrov said his ministry said after calling his Iranian counterpart Mohammed Javad Sarif.
Several Western leaders had warned of an escalation in the Middle East after Soleimani was killed. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian discussed the tensions in the Middle East on the phone. He also spoke to Chinese colleague Wang Yi on the phone, says Le Drian. All three had agreed that any escalation had to be avoided. Above all, it was necessary to maintain the stability and sovereignty of Iraq and the entire region.
In Israel, the closest cabinet around Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to deal with possible revenge attacks by Iran on Israeli targets, according to media reports on Sunday. Israel has been on high alert since the US attack in Baghdad. According to a report by Israeli television, the US is said to have informed Israel of the attack on Soleimani several days in advance.
Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Al-Kuds brigades, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the vice-chief of the Hashed-al-Shaabi militias, were near the Baghdad airport during a drone attack ordered by US President Donald Trump on Friday night was killed. Iran threatened the US with “severe retribution”. Thousands of Iraqis took part in a funeral procession for Soleimani in Baghdad on Saturday.