Serbian, RS leaders condemn terrorist attacks

Serbia's Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić has strongly condemned terrorists attacks carried out in the Russian town of Volgograd.

Source: Beta, Tanjug
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He described them as cowardly acts and offered his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Russian authorities.

"It was with great sadness and indignation that I received the news about the terrorist attacks in Volgograd in which a large number of your citizens lost their lives," Vućić said in a message sent to Russian Ambassador in Belgrade Aleksandr Chepurin.

"I condemn these cowardly acts in the strongest terms and I am convinced that the security services of the Russian Federation will find and bring to justice the organizers, and prevent similar attacks in the future. The Republic of Serbia is ready to offer all necessary assistance in this," Vučić said.

"I would like to offer my sincere condolences over the tragedy and urge you to convey our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, the leadership of the Russian Federation and the brotherly people of Russia," the message said.

President of the Serb entity in Bosnia Milorad Dodik also strongly condemned the terrorist acts and sent a telegram of condolences to Russia's ambassador in Sarajevo, Aleksandr Botsan Kharchenko.

Dodik said that the public in the Serb Republic (RS) felt sincere sympathy for the victims of the mindless terrorist attacks, which he said came as a result of hatred and fanaticism.

"We condemn these terrorist acts in the strongest terms, convinced that the Russian Federation will succeed in finding those behind the attack and bring them to justice. Please relay expressions of our deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims, officials of the Russian Federation, and the friendly Russian nation," Dodik said.

Serbian officials offer condolences

After the first terrorist attack in Volgograd on Sunday, Serbia's president, foreign minister, and government all reacted offering their condolences and condemning the violence.

President Tomislav Nikolić sent a telegram of condolences to Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying he was "deeply shaken by the news of the terrorist attack in Volgograd which claimed lives of innocent citizens. "

"Serbian citizens feel sincere sympathy with you and share the sorrow of the families of victims and injured people,” Nikolić said.

“On behalf of Serbian citizens and myself, I express deepest condolences and I wish to assure you that our thoughts and prayers are with the brotherly Russian people at this difficult moment,” Nikolić said in the telegram.

Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić sent a telegram of condolences to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, stating that the government fiercely condemns the crime and supports the fight against terrorism.

“On behalf of the Serbian government and myself, I express deepest condolences over the terrorist attack which claimed lives of Russian citizens,” his message said.

“The Serbian government fiercely condemns the crime and as it is permanently committed to the fight against terrorism and any mode of violence, it is willing to take part in the joint fight against terrorism on the international scene,” Dačić wrote.

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkić also sent his condolences to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, stressing that Serbia strongly condemns this act of terrorism.

“I wish to express my sincere condolences for the tragic loss of life of the Russian citizens. Our two nations are connected through deep friendship,” Mrkić said on Sunday.

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