Russia: Attack on Russian Embassy in Damascus is due to US support to so-called armed opposition

Moscow, SANA- The Russian Foreign Ministry said in Tuesday that the mortar attack on the Russian Embassy in Damascus which took place on Monday evening came as a result of the acts of the United States and some of its allies who continuously provoke the crisis in Syria by flirting with militants and extremists of all sorts.

The Ministry said in a statement that on Monday evening, three mortar shells were fired on the Russian Embassy Building in Damascus by armed terrorist groups positioned in Jobar neighborhood and the Eastern Ghouta.

According to the statement, one of the shells fell inside the embassy near the residential compound but none of the embassy staff were hurt, but the building sustained damage, while the other two shells fell near the embassy’s building.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that according to the available information, the attack was launched from Jobar neighborhood where the terrorist groups of Jabhat al-Nusra and the so-called “Failaq al-Rahman” are positioned.

“Moscow strongly condemns this crime by terrorists. Once again they have posed a serious threat to the life and work of Russian diplomats in Syria. The basic norms of international law have been violated one more time,” the Ministry said, adding that one of the reasons for this crime is Washington’s stance towards the so-called armed opposition.

The ministry added that the response to provocations by criminals must come in the form of coordinating efforts to fight terrorism by the international community.

“We will be taking all necessary actions for the sake of eliminating the terrorist threat and restoring peace and security to Syrian soil,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Manar al-Freih / Hazem Sabbagh

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