The world fears war after Iranian general assassination Soleimani
China, Russia and Europe call on the US to moderate
After the killing of General Qassem Soleimani (see AVIONEWS) the world is in alarm. China and Russia join Europe to invite the United States to "moderation" as oil prices rise and stock markets plummet. Moscow said that Soleimani's death will increase tensions across the Middle East and meanwhile Iran has promised "harsh revenge" for what it has called an act of "international terrorism". Russia and Iran are key allies who support President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria. The Syrian government accused Washington of fueling the conflict. Konstantin Kosachev, head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the upper house of the Russian parliament, said that the killing of Soleimani represents a mistake that will lead to unpredictable responses against Washington: "Attacks of retaliation will certainly follow", he said on his Facebook page, adding that the killing of the general probably marked the end of any possibility of saving the nuclear agreement (see AVIONEWS) and also posed dangers for Israel. The press office of Tel-Aviv Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that the leader has stopped a visit to Greece to return home and follow "ongoing developments". The Israeli army has ordered the closure of a ski resort on Mount Hermon, on the Golan Heights.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said: "China has always opposed the use of force in international relations. We urge stakeholders, especially the US, to remain calm to avoid further escalating tensions". Adding that "Iraq's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity must be respected".
Fear of the war has also affected Italy (which has forwarded a communication concerned by the Farnesina, see AVIONEWS), France (which has declared: "we woke up in a more dangerous world"), also Germany and Great Britain fear for peace. On "Twitter" the American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo published a video with Iraqis celebrating accompanied by a comment: "they dance in the streets for freedom, grateful that General Suleimani is no longer there", while today several demonstrators in the Indian Kashmir shouted slogans against the United States and Israel during a demonstration.
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