Russia says US blaming Aleppo blasts on Syria govt. ‘blasphemous’
A man is seen at the site of an explosion at Aleppo University in Syria, January 15, 2013.
Russia has slammed the United States for its ‘blasphemous’ accusation that the Syrian government was behind the deadly explosions at Aleppo University.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday, “Yesterday I saw a semi-neutral report on CNN that it was not ruled out that this terrorist act had been staged by the government forces themselves.”
“I cannot imagine anything more blasphemous,” he stated during his visit to the Tajik capital city of Dushanbe.
On January 15, over 80 people were killed and scores of others injured in two explosions at Aleppo University in the second largest city of Syria.
The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Wednesday and blamed ‘terrorists’ for the “merciless bloody provocation.”
According to the statement, the explosions were the “terrorists’ revenge for the significant losses sustained in their confrontation with [Syrian] government forces.”
However, Washington accused Damascus of organizing the deadly attack in Aleppo.
Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil that began in Syria nearly two years ago.
The Russian foreign minister also stated on Thursday that Moscow would “focus on the actions aimed at” stopping the violence in Syria.
On January 6, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that Damascus was always ready to hold talks with the opposition and political parties and that he would call for a “comprehensive national dialog” after the terrorist activities stopped in the country.
The Syrian president also urged “concerned states and parties” to stop funding, arming and harboring militants.