MOSCOW - Russia on Wednesday blamed "terrorists" for recent attacks in Syria and accused rebels of conducting a concerted campaign to ensure UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's peace plan fails.

The remarks made clear that Russia, which Syrian President Bashar Assad has relied upon as a shield against global censure and Western pressure to cede power, continues to put most of the blame for ceasefire violations on his opponents.

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Russia "decisively condemns the new terrorist sorties," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, referring to bombings in Idlib and an attack on Syria's central bank on Monday.


The attacks "in essence unleashed a large-scale campaign to destabilize the situation and disrupt ... Annan's plan", it said.