Bomb attack on Russian Embassy

Source Tom Washington

The Russian Embassy in Minsk was the target of a violent attack late on Monday night, when unknown assailants hurled fire bombs at the building.

"At around 10:50 p.m. local time (19:50 GMT), two fire bombs were thrown onto the territory of the Russian Embassy," a local emergencies spokesman told RIA Novosti. "One of them hit a car parked on the premises."

No-one was injured and the bombs did not start a fire, he said. The embassy did not offer any comment, but the foreign ministry responded angrily. "[We] view this incident as an outrageous act in which there is a clear desire by certain forces to interfere with the normal work of the embassy and to bring distrust and tensions to [Russia-Belarus] bilateral relations," the ministry said in a statement.

Russia "will press for on a quick and thorough investigation into all the circumstances of this incident, and for the swift identification and punishment of the organizers and executors of the crime," it continued.

Political relations between the two countries has been strained of late. A series of spats over energy bills resulted in Russia cutting supply to Belarus in June, supply was then restored. More recently Moscow accused Minsk of failing to honour its promise to recognise the independence of South Caucasus republics South Ossetia and Abkhazia.


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