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Newsline: US blocks Russia UN statement on embassy shelling in Syria

The United States blocked at the United Nations Security Council Russia’s statement on the shelling of its embassy in Damascus, Syria, a representative of Russia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations told RIA Novosti. “[The statement] was actually blocked by the U.S. delegation, which tried to add extraneous elements in a standard text,” the permanent mission statement said. “The British and Ukrainians clumsily played up to the Americans. It demonstrates their blatant disrespect for the Vienna Convention of Diplomatic Relations,” the statement added. On Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported the shelling of the Russian embassy in Damascus on Monday. One of the shells exploded near a residential complex on the territory of the embassy but none of its staff was hurt.



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