Lashing out at the statements issued by U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland and U.S. Ambassador to UN Susan Rice, following the assassination of four top Syrian officials in Damascus last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, at a press conference in Moscow, said: "This is a direct justification of terrorism. To put it mildly, we don't understand the refusal of our partners to condemn the terrorist attack in Damascus." He continued, "This is a sinister position; I cannot find words to express our attitude towards that."
Lavrov pointed out that Rice has stated that terror acts in Damascus contribute to speeding up the adoption of a resolution on Syria according to the Chapter 7 of the UN Statute, which implies harsh sanctions, including resorting to force. "In other words this means 'We are going to support such acts of terrorism until the UNSC does what we want.' This is a terrible position," Lavrov added.
He also said he believes these statements make the American accusations that Russia and China are fanning the Syrian conflict sound insincere and hollow.