Russia Condemns U.S. Handling of Syria

    A general view shows damaged cars at the scene of a powerful car bomb explosion near the headquarters of Syria's ruling Baath party in the centre of Damascus on February 21, 2013. The blast sent thick smoke billowing across the capital's skyline, killing dozens of people and causing widespread destruction, before a nearby military headquarters came under mortar attack, a watchdog and media reported. AFP PHOTO/LOUAI BESHARA        (Photo credit should read LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Scene of bomb explosion in Damascus on Thursday. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty)

    The United States treats Syria with a double standard, Russia charged Friday, blaming Washington for preventing the U.N. Security Council from disparaging the Damascus car bombings that killed 53 people on a busy highway Thursday. “We are disappointed that, as a result of the United States’ position at the United Nations Security Council, the terrorist act in Syria was not condemned,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a news conference. “We believe these are double standards and see in it a very dangerous tendency by our American colleagues to depart from the fundamental principle of unconditional condemnation of any terrorist act.”

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