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Moscow Slams First Attack on Russian Embassy in Syria Since Start of Ceasefire

© Sputnik / Mikhail Alaeddin / Go to the mediabankThe Russian Embassy in Damascus.
The Russian Embassy in Damascus. - Sputnik International
The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the Russian Embassy in Damascus came under mortar fire on February 2 and 3. The ministry said that the embassy was attacked from the area controlled by terrorists.

The Foreign Ministry said that the first attacks on the Russian embassy since the start of the latest ceasefire regime in Syria is aimed to undermine the truce and derail the Syrian peace process.

"We strongly condemn the new terrorist attack against the Russian diplomatic mission in Damascus. Vile attacks on our [Russian] embassy are taking place amid truce and with an evident aim to disrupt the regime of the cessation of hostilities and derail efforts in the Syrian political process."

Russia and Turkey are guarantors of a nationwide Syrian ceasefire that came into force on December 30, and has been holding up in general, despite continued reports of violations. The UN Security Council passed a resolution in December supporting the effort.

"Such a crime cannot be left unpunished," the ministry said, adding that Russia will continue fighting terrorists in Syria.

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Moscow called on the international community to react to the "dangerous provocation by terrorists."

Russia called for joint efforts in the fight against the "terrorist hotbed" represented by Daesh, al-Nusra Front and their accomplices in Syria and the region.

The minisitry added that the anti-terrorist resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council should be implemented so that terrorists stopped receiving arms and money.

"One of the mines exploded on the territory of the embassy complex and the other — 20 meters from the main entrance to the embassy."

The attacks have resulted in no casualties.

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