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Russian embassy shelling a result of 'flirtation' with militants — Foreign Ministry

The Russian embassy in Damascus came under a mortar attack on October 3, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said, adding that fortunately nobody was hurt.

"On October 3 the Russian diplomatic mission in Damascus came under a mortar attack. One of the shells crashed on the embassy's territory near the residential compound," the Foreign Ministry said in a commentary. "By sheer coincidence none of the embassy staff was hurt. The building suffered damage. Two mines exploded near the embassy."

The mortar attack on the Russian embassy in Syria is a result of flirtation with militants and Moscow has been doing its utmost to eliminate the terrorist threat in Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"We regard the shelling of the Russian embassy in Damascus as a consequence following actions by those who, like the United States and some of its allies, provoke continuation of the bloody conflict in Syria by flirting with militants and extremists of all sorts," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Moscow is certain that the international community should present a common front in response to provocative criminal actions.

"We will be taking all necessary actions for the sake of eliminating the terrorist threat and restoring peace and security to Syrian soil," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

[Source: Itar Tass, Moscow, 04Oct16]

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