Russia’s foreign ministry has condemned that attack that killed three of the top ministers in Syria’s government in Damascus.

BBC reported that the incident was described as a “villainous crime” designed to lead to the “long-term destabilization of the situation in Syria.”

The new Syrian defense minister, General Fahd al-Furayj, vowed to find and punish the culprits behind the bomb attack

We count those who died for the sake of this country and its dignity as martyrs,” he said.

“We confirm that this terrorist bombing will not stop our armed forces from their duty to find the culprits and cut every hand that threatens the security of this nation and its civilians. Glory and eternity for the righteous martyrs.”