A statement of the UN Security Council in connection with the mortar firing of the Russian embassy in Damascus has virtually been blocked by the US delegation.
The Russian delegation to the UN has initiated a statement of the Security Council in connection with the mortar firing of the Russian embassy in Damascus, but it has been virtually blocked, the Interfax news agency reported, citing a statement of the Russia’s Permanent Representation to the UN.
The Russian delegation proposed to release the statement, condemning the mortar attack on the Russian embassy in Damascus. “It was virtually blocked by the US delegation, which tried to introduce extraneous elements into the text, which is standard for such cases,” the Permanent Representation pointed out.
Russian diplomats regarded action of the US as “blatant disregard for the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.” “We have to admit that moral principles of some our colleagues on the Security Council have seriously shaken,” the statement read.
On October 3, the Russian Embassy in Damascus came under mortar fire. One of the shells exploded on the territory of the embassy, while two shells fell down next to the building. According to a statement of the Russian Foreign Ministry, no one was injured as a result of the attack, which was carried out from the territory, controlled by the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (previously known as the Al-Nusra Front or Jabhat al-Nusra) terrorist group.
“Moscow firmly condemns this terrorist crime, which has yet again endangered the lives and hindered the operation of Russian diplomats in Syria and violates the basic norms of international law.
We view the attack on the Russian Embassy in Damascus also as the result of actions by those who, like the United States and some of its allies, are provoking continued bloodshed in Syria by flirting with various militants and extremists. We are convinced that coordinated antiterrorist efforts by the international community will be the best response to such criminal provocations. For our part, we will take the necessary measures to eradicate the terrorist threat and restore peace and security in Syria,” the statement at the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website reads.
In September, relations between Moscow and Washington on Syria deteriorated sharply due to the situation in Aleppo and the failure of the ceasefire, about which the US and Russia agreed a month ago. This week, the US Department of State has announced termination of the bilateral contacts on the Syrian settlement. Moscow condemned the move and placed responsibility for the failure of the truce to Washington.