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Terror attack in Damascus timed to coincide with Astana talks on Syria — Foreign Ministry

The Russian Foreign Ministry has condemned the attack and offered condolences to families of the victims

MOSCOW, March 15. /TASS/. The terrorist attack that hit Damascus on Wednesday was obviously timed to coincide with the Syria peace talks underway in Kazakhstan’s capital of Astana, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

"We condemn another atrocity of terrorists, blatantly timed to coincide with the 3rd International Conference on Syria held in Astana," the ministry said. "We offer condolences to families of the victims and wish the soonest recovery to the injured."

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Russia "was not supported by some partners" at the UN Security Council when it tried to have the draft resolution, which vehemently condemns the big terrorist attack that hit the Syrian capital on March 11, adopted.

"We think that unwillingness to view terrorists that kill Syrians with the same extent of unconditional condemnation, with which the international community view terrorist attacks in other countries, is a policy of double standards, which produces doubts about adherence of those who pursue it to the goal of global eradication of terrorism," the ministry said.

"Such double standards provoke terrorists to commit new deadly crimes and decrease efficiency of efforts to separate the Syrian armed opposition, on the one hand, from ISIS (former name of the Islamic State terrorist group outlawed in Russia - TASS), al-Nusra and their accomplices, on the other," it said.

"We urge our partners to consider steps against terrorism, either in Syria or in any other country, as top priority ones that require particular attention and international consensus with regard to disastrous, tragic repercussions of condoning this universal evil," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in conclusion.