MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, the Russian Embassy in London questioned FCO's reluctance to welcome the liberation of the ancient city on its official Twitter account.
"Whilst action against Daesh is welcome, it is the Syrian regime that is ultimately responsible for this conflict. It is deeply regrettable that the iconic site of Palmyra has become a pawn in the wider Syria conflict, the only way out of which is a political settlement," a Foreign Office spokesman told Sputnik.
Palmyra, located 210 kilometers away from Damascus, is considered key for advancing to the Daesh stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria. The town of Palmyra and its historic ruins have been under Daesh control since May 2015.