Shelling of Russian Embassy in Damascus Won't Weaken Moscow's Resolve to Destroy Terrorism Hotbed in Syria

MOSCOW- Russia’s embassy in Damascus came under mortar shelling from terrorists’ positions. No one was hurt. The building’s wall, electricity lines and water supplies systems were damaged, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

"In a mortar shelling of Damascus conducted from terrorists’ positions at about 10:35 local time on November 20, a shell hit the outer fence of the Russian embassy to Syria, which is located close to its dwelling compound," the ministry said, adding that the 122mm mine damaged the building’s wall, electricity lines and the water supplies system.

"No one from among the embassy’s employees was hurt," the ministry said, Itar Tass reported.

 Moscow expects that Western countries at the UN Security Council will give proper evaluation of the incident. "We hope that our so active on the Syrian trajectory Western colleagues in the UN Security Council will have the heart not to keep silent but to give proper public evaluation of the incident in which the lives of Russian diplomats were jeopardized," the ministry said.

It stressed that the shelling of the Russian diplomatic mission will not influence Russia’s resolve to continue fight against terrorism. "We want to confirm once again that such provocations don’t influence Russia’s resolve to complete the destruction of a terrorist hotbed in the Syrian Arab Republic, to contribute to restoration of peace and security in Syria, strengthening of its sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity," the ministry went on.

The ministry reiterated that Moscow has repeatedly drawn attention of the global community to continuing shelling of the Syrian capital, pointing that the Russian Embassy is often targeted in such attacks. "We resolutely condemn this new attack by terrorists against the Russian diplomatic mission in Damascus," the ministry stressed.

US blocks UN Security Council statement condemning shelling of Russia’s embassy in Syria

At the United Nations, the United States has repeatedly blocked the UN Security Council statement condemning the shelling of the Russian embassy in Damascus, Fyodor Strzhizhovsky, press secretary of Russia’s permanent mission to the UN, said on Tuesday.

"The draft of the UN Security Council statement for press that was proposed by Russia and condemns the attack of terrorists on the building of the Russian embassy in Damascus on November 20, has been blocked by the US delegation again," he said.