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Putin ‘resolutely condemns terrorism’ after Paris attack

January 7, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent condolences to victims of Wednesday’s deadly attack on the offices of a French satirical weekly and condemned “terrorism”, his spokesman said Wednesday.

“Moscow resolutely condemns terrorism in all its forms,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told TASS news agency, adding: “Nothing can justify terrorist attacks.”

A Kremlin statement said the president “harshly condemned this cynical crime and confirmed his readiness to continue active cooperation in the battle against the threat of terrorism.”

Putin “expressed his deep condolences to French President Francois Hollande,” the Kremlin said. “He passed words of sympathy and support to the relatives and loved ones of those who died as well as wishes of a speedy recovery to all those who suffered from the hands of extremists.”

Dispatches from AFP concerning freedom of information, censorship and news coverage in regions where independent media is under threat.