‘Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the killing of an Iranian general in a US drone strike risked ‘aggravating the situation’ in the Middle East.
But Iran branded the strike an act of ‘international terrorism’ and the country’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed ‘harsh revenge’.
Moscow warned Soleimani’s death would boost tensions across the Middle East and China urged restraint from all sides, ‘especially the United States’.
Britain, France and Germany called for ‘stability’ and ‘calm’ in the region, but did not vilify the assassination.
European shares slipped from near record highs and oil prices rose over $2 (£1.50) a barrel as the markets reacted to ratcheted up tensions – and US stocks fell about 1 per cent at the open today.’