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Regional and International News>>Lavrov: Washington Vetoing UNSC Condemnation ofDamascus Bombing Indicates Double Standards

Lavrov: Washington Vetoing UNSC Condemnation ofDamascus Bombing Indicates Double Standards

Feb 22, 2013

MOSCOW/NEW YORK, (SANA) – Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, said the US vetoing a Security Council statement condemning the terrorist bombing which hit Damascus on Thursday stresses that it deals with double standards towards terrorism.

Following his talks with his Chinese counterpart, Yang Jiechi, Lavrov voiced Moscow's frustration with the fact that all member states of the UNSC without exception were until recently inclined towards the position of condemning any attacks regardless of their perpetrators, place and motives.

He noted that the terrorist bombing took place near the Russian Embassy in Damascus and caused damage to the building and claimed a very large number of victims among the Syrians.

"This opposition by our American partners…is not the first time in which they seek a form that justifies those who fight the Syrian regime," said Lavrov.

"Russia sees in the American position an application of double standards and a dangerous approach in terms of the Americans moving away from the main principle of condemning terrorism in all its forms," he added.

He called upon all the parties concerned to be guided by the Geneva Statement issued on June 30, 2012.

Lavrov reiterated stress on Russia and China's stance which calls for respecting the terms of the UN Charter and preventing military intervention and the use of force as a means to solve the crisis in Syria, the Iranian nuclear file and the situation in Afghanistan.

For his part, the Chinese Foreign Minister said his country unconditionally condemns Damascus bombings, stressing that Beijing supports an unbiased approach towards the crisis in Syria.

Bogdanov, US Ambassador in Moscow Discuss Situation in Syria

Russian President's Special Envoy to the Middle East, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Mikhail Bogdanov discussed with the US ambassador in Moscow, Michael McFaul, situation in Syria.

Russia Today website quoted a source at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as saying that the meeting tackled several issues related to the Middle East region, particularly Syria.

The source added that the discussions were in the framework of the international community's efforts aimed at achieving a political settlement for the crisis in Syria.

Russia's UN Permanent Mission: Foiling UNSC Condemnation of Terrorist Bombings in Damascus Unacceptable

Meanwhile, Russia's permanent mission to the UN criticized the United States for the failure of the UN Security Council to issue a Russian draft resolution condemning the terrorist bombings in Damascus.

RussiaToday quoted Russia's UN mission as saying in a statement that Russia considers the US stance unacceptable, adding that “It is obvious that by doing so the US delegation encourages those who have been repeatedly targeting American interests, including US diplomatic missions.”

It is not the first time that the UShinders taking an indispensible reaction by the UN Security Council to a terrorist attack, the statement added, pointing out that the Russian side considers such efforts to find justifications for such terrorist practices unacceptable.

R. Raslan/H. Said/ M. Nassr

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