Lavrov Criticizes U.S. Silence on Massive Bomb Attacks in Damascus by the Terrorists
February 23, 2013 • 9:20AM

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, at a press conference in Moscow after talks with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, took a sharp swing at the Obama administration for its refusal to support a UN Security Council resolution condemning a terrorist attack staged in Damascus on Feb. 21. The car-bomb explosion near the headquarters of the Baathist Party killed 90 people and wounded 200 others. There has been no claim of responsibility for the attacks, but the al Qaeda-linked terrorist group Jabhat al-Nusra has said it has carried out dozens of such attacks in the past year, including devastating bombings in Damascus and Aleppo.

Russia, a staunch opponent of London's Saudi-Qatari-backed regime-change through violent means, accused the United States on Feb. 22 of having double standards over the violence in Syria, saying Washington had blocked a U.N. Security Council statement condemning the car bomb. "We ... see in it a very dangerous tendency by our American colleagues to depart from the fundamental principle of unconditional condemnation of any terrorist act, a principle which secures the unity of the international community in the fight against terrorism," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"It leaves us frustrated, because until recently all members of the [UN] Security Council with no exception were always committed to resolutely condemning any terrorist attacks, irrespective of who staged these terrorist attacks, where, and what were his motives," Lavrov added.