Saturday Feb 23, 201311:26 AM GMT
US encourages militants in Syria by foiling UN condemnation: Russia
Syrian security agents carry a body following a huge explosion that shook central Damascus, Syria, February 21, 2013.
Syrian security agents carry a body following a huge explosion that shook central Damascus, Syria, February 21, 2013.
Russia has criticized the United States for the failure of the UN Security Council to issue a condemnation of a car bomb attack by the militants in Syria that left over 50 people dead.


Russia’s UN mission said on Thursday that Washington “encourages” the militants' deadly attacks in Syria by preventing the Council from issuing statements condemning such acts of violence.

Earlier on Thursday, at least 53 people lost their lives and 250 others were injured in a powerful bomb explosion near the headquarters of Syria’s ruling Baath Party and the Russian Embassy in the capital, Damascus.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry said the explosion was “carried out by armed terrorist groups linked to al-Qaeda that receive financial and logistic help from abroad.”

Following the deadly attack, Russia reportedly proposed a statement to the UN Security Council against the deadly incident.

“The text confirmed the unshakable principles that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security and has no justification,” said Anton Uspensky, spokesman for Russia’s UN mission.

According to UN diplomatic sources, the United States and its Western allies sought to include criticism of the Syrian army in the proposed statement. However, Moscow refused to do so, the sources added.

“Unfortunately, such an indispensable reaction by the Security Council to this terrorist attack has been once again blocked by the US delegation linking it with other questions,” Uspensky added.

He went on to say that Washington’s efforts to find justifications for such “terrorist actions” are “unacceptable.”

“It is obvious that by doing so the US delegation encourages those who have been repeatedly targeting American interests, including US diplomatic missions,” he said.

Moscow has been calling for a resolution to the ongoing unrest in Syria “on the basis of mutual consent” among all sides in the country.

Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the violence that erupted in Syria nearly two years ago.

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