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Moscow says Sunday terror attack in Damascus meant to frustrate inter-Syrian talks

February 01, 19:59 UTC+3 MOSCOW
A terrorist attack in a Syrian capital's suburb on January 31 claimed more than 60 lives
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MOSCOW, February 1. /TASS/. The Sunday terror attack in Damascus was obviously meant to frustrate emerging dialogue between the Syrian parties, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

"The bloody act of terror was committed on the background of the United Nations-brokered indirect inter-Syrian talks that started in Geneva on January 29 in a bid to find a political settlement of the Syrian crisis in conformity with United Nations Security Council resolution 2254," the ministry said. "Obviously, those who plot and do such actions are seeking to frustrate emerging dialogue between the Syrian parties, to instigate another spiral of inter-faith hatred."

The Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that the top priority task is to swiftly exterminate the stronghold of terrorism in Syria. "The situation in Syria and in the entire Middle East region cannot be normalized without accomplishing this task," the ministry said.

The ministry expressed condolences to the families of those killed in the terror attack and wished soonest recovery to those injured.

A terrorist attack in a Damascus suburb on January 31 claimed more than 60 lives. At least 110 were wounded. Among those killed were more than 20 people’s militias who are fighting for the government forces in the Syrian conflict. The Islamic State, a terrorist organization outlawed in Russia, claimed responsibility for the attack.

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