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It’s all over the news now. The US and its allies have bombed Syria on Friday night because of evidence on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces using chemical weapons against locals.

President Sauli Niinistö responded to the attack by releasing a statement on Saturday:

“The missile strike on Syria conducted by the United States, Great Britain and France was limited as expected. The strike was a reaction to the use of a chemical weapon last weekend. The aim of the missile strike was also to prevent a further violation of the prohibition of the use of chemical weapons.

The missiles hit selected targets. I believe Russia will keep its possible reactions measured. However, the escalation of the situation creates a danger of the conflict expanding.

There are indications that contacts across the frontlines have been maintained on some level despite the harsh public statements. Strengthening dialogue is now of utmost importance.”