MOSCOW, July 25 (Xinhua) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
said Wednesday that the U.S. position over the Damascus bombing that
killed several top Syrian officials was "a direct whitewashing
The comment was made in response to U.S. State Department
spokeswoman Victoria Nuland's remarks that the attacks on Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad's top officials were "not surprising."
"This is a direct justification of terrorism. How should one
understand that?" Lavrov told reporters.
In a July 18 suicide bombing attack, Syrian Defense Minister
Dawood Rajha was killed along with three other senior officials,
including Rajha's deputy, Assef Shawkat, who was also al-Assad's
The Russian top diplomat said he was surprised that the U.N.
Security Council failed to condemn the attack, which Moscow termed as
an "act of terror" and demanded the arrest and punishment
of those responsible.
He also criticized Susan Rice, the U.S. envoy to the UN, who said
that the Damascus bombing called for enforcement of the UN Charter
chapter that sanctions the use of force.
"This is a terrible position, all in all. I can't even find
words to express our attitude to that," Lavrov said.
Last week, Russia and China vetoed another Western-proposed draft
resolution that threatened non-military sanctions if Syria failed to
withdraw troops and heavy weapons from populated areas.
Lavrov said that, according to information available, Syrian
opposition groups linked to al-Qaeda have seized several checkpoints
on the border with Turkey and looted Turkish property.
"We double-check it now. If the seizure of territories is
being supported by our partners, we'd like to demand an answer: What
is their position on Syria, and what they attain in that country, in
the end of the day," Lavrov said.
USA Officially Supports Suicide Bombings
WASHINGTON, July 25
(Xinhua) -- The United States did condemn the July 18 suicide bombing
in the Syrian capital of Damascus, but it is wrong to draw the
implication that those targeted were innocents, the State Department
(USA Foreign Ministry) said on Wednesday.
Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland was
responding to allegations by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
that the U.S. position over the Damascus bombing that killed several
top Syrian officials was "a direct justification of terrorism."
Western News Media Continues to Mislead Public
The BBC in its coverage of past UN resolutions has given air time
to the positions voiced by U.S. foreign minister Hilary Clinton,
while shutting out Russia's foreign minister who had, as the rest of
the world, a very different interpretation of events.
Clinton, a lawyer, also praised the brutal murder of an old man
near Sirte in Libya in full view of cameras, an untenable position
for any lawyer. She has not been disbarred nor have lawyers
criticized her, principled ones such as Lyn Stewart already having