The Russian embassy in Damascus came under mortal shelling from the areas controlled by al-Nusra Front and Faylaq al-Rahman militants, according to a statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry.
“The Russian diplomatic mission came under mortar shelling on October 3. One of the mines exploded on the embassy area near its residential department. Fortunately, no one was wounded. The diplomatic mission sustained material damage. Another two mines went off next to the embassy,” the statement said.
The Ministry stated that the shelling was carried out from areas under control of al-Nusra Front and Faylaq al-Rahman terrorists. It also called for a coordinated international counterterrorism approach.
“We view this shelling of the Russian embassy as a consequence of actions of those who, like the US and its allies, provoke the violent conflict in Syria, flirting with militants and extremists of different sorts,” Russian Foreign Ministry added.
Earlier this week, Syrian ambassador to the UN said “the US and its allies are using Nusra Front terrorists as a shield to protect what they call “moderate” rebels in Syria.
Syria has been face with a conflict which flare up in March 2011 and has since claimed the lives of more than 400,000 people, according to an estimate by UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura.