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    China's Foreign Minister has called upon Moscow to join forces in the struggle against terrorism, blasting Thursday’s violent terror action in Chechnya’s capital city of Grozny.

    MOSCOW, December 6 (Sputnik), Ekaterina Blinova — China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi has offered to strengthen bi-lateral cooperation on counter-terrorism with Russia, slamming the latest violent terrorist attack in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya in southern Russia.

    "China firmly supports Russia's efforts to fight terrorism, and is willing to strengthen anti-terrorism cooperation with Russia, so as to safeguard each other's national peace, tranquility and stability, and ensure the safety of life and property of the two peoples," the Chinese FM stated in a letter of condolence to Sergey Lavrov, the Foreign Minister of Russia, as cited by Xinhua.

    Blasting the terror attack in Chechnya, Wang Yi underscored that China strongly opposes terrorism "in all its forms."

    On Thursday, December 4, armed insurgents driving three cars launched a violent assault on a road patrol station in Grozny. Then the terrorists moved to the city's Press House and a school in order to continue their fierce resistance.

    During the counter-terrorist operation, at least 14 police officers were killed and 36 were injured, while 11 guerillas were eliminated, according to Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of the Republic.

    Kadyrov noted that the insurgents had certain ties with Doku Umarov, an infamous leader of the Islamist separatists of the northern Caucasus, who was killed last year by special counter-terrorism forces.


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