Russia requests emergency meeting with UN Security Council to discuss US attacks on Iran and Syria


"The UN Security Council has called an emergency session for Monday afternoon at the request of Russia to address the escalating tensions in the Middle East caused by the US airstrikes against targets linked to Iran.

Russia's deputy representative to the UN, Dmitry Polyanskiy, wrote on his X account that his country had urgently requested the meeting to discuss 'the threats to peace and security arising from the US airstrikes against Iraq and Syria.'

The presidency of the Council, held by Guyana, accepted the Russian request and convened its fifteen members for Monday at 4:00 in the afternoon.

The US military initiated a first round of airstrikes against Iran-backed groups in Syria and Iraq on Friday afternoon.

According to the US Central Command (Centcom), in the attacks against Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, more than 85 targets were hit.

Although the US is still assessing the results of these attacks, said White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, according to the Iraqi government and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, they have resulted in 45 deaths in both countries, including some civilians.

On Saturday, Russia strongly condemned the US airstrikes against targets linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran and other Iranian groups in Iraq and Syria and called for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council.

"We strongly condemn the new and blatant act of British-American aggression against sovereign states," commented Maria Zakharova, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, in a statement."