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    MOSCOW, March 16, 2004. (RIA Novosti) - Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have left their signatures in the book of condolences over the victims of the March 11 terrorist attacks in Madrid.

    According to the Spanish embassy in Moscow, they visited the embassy on Tuesday morning and left their signatures in the book of condolences.

    Mikhail Fradkov's message in particular runs, "At this grievous hour, I want to express solidarity and support for the leadership and people of Spain in their fight against terrorism, on behalf of the Russian government." Russia who has repeatedly come to face this evil first-hand shares the pain and grief of the Spanish people.

    We express our sincere and deep condolences to the near and dear of the victims." Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in turn wrote, "On behalf of the Russian Foreign Ministry, I want to express the deepest condolences to the people and the government of Spain in view of the barbarian terrorist attacks that claimed dozens of lives of innocent people. Feeling the pain of the families of the victims and the entire people of friendly Spain, we are resolved to continue the joint fight against terrorism and strengthen the counter-terrorist coalition."

    The explosions of March 11 took the lives of 200 people, and wounded about 1,500.

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