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Russian lawmaker says shelling of Russian embassy in Damascus was terrorist attack

October 04, 19:35 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The official said that responsibility for the attack on the Russian embassy rests "not only on militants but on those politicians who continue to flirt with terrorists"
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MOSCOW, October 4. /TASS/. Today’s attack on the Russian embassy in Damascus can de described an act of terror, a Russian lawmaker said on Tuesday.

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

"The attack on the Russian embassy in Damascus can be definitely called a terrorist attack. We received no warnings from the Western security services about possible shelling of our diplomatic mission from heavy weapons, which means the attack had been seriously prepared by militants," Sergei Zheleznyak, a member of the Russian State Duma and deputy secretary of the General Council of Russia’s ruling United Russia party, said.

He said that responsibility for the attack on the Russian embassy rests "not only on militants but on those politicians who continue to flirt with terrorists breaking down possibilities for consolidating efforts against the most dangerous global evil."

In his words, security of Russian diplomats in the current conditions requires special measures. "We will find and punish terrorists who shelled our embassy and it will be clear then whether their actions were independent or coordinated with the Western security services," Zhelezhyak said.

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