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US blocks UN Security Council statement on Russian embassy shelling in Syria

October 05, 3:52 updated at: October 05, 6:24 UTC+3
"Brits and Ukrainians clumsily helped Americans," Russia’s Permanent Mission to the global organization said
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UNITED NATIONS, October 5. /TASS/. The United States virtually blocked the United Nations Security Council’s statement that condemned the mortaring of Russia’s embassy in Damascus, Russia’s Permanent Mission to the global organization said.

"It was actually blocked by the U.S. delegation, which tried to bring outside elements into a standard text. Brits and Ukrainians clumsily helped Americans," the mission said.

It said that the behavior of the three countries "testifies to their blatant disrespect for the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations", which demands to protect diplomatic and consular facilities and personnel.

The Russian mission said that "when such crimes were committed earlier, including against the diplomatic missions of Western countries, Russia has always unconditionally supported their condemnation by the Security Council."

"We have to state that the moral principles of some of our colleagues in the Security Council have seriously teetered," it said.

Russia’s embassy in Damascus came under mortar fire on October 3. "Only by accident, none of the embassy employees was injured. The diplomatic mission sustained material loss," the Russian Foreign Ministry said. Moscow condemned the terrorists’ actions.

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