Foreign leaders sympathize with Russia over blasts
Leaders of foreign countries are expressing sympathy with Russia following the terrorist acts in the Moscow underground. The Presidents of Belarus, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, and the Baltic states sent telegrams voicing their condolences. French President Nicolas Sarkozy condemned the blasts, calling them dishonorable and recreant, and Georgy Pyrvanov, the Bulgarian leader, said they could not be justified for any reasons. The Czech government expressed itself opposed to any violence and terror, and the Georgian Foreign Ministry is hopeful that the criminals will be found and severely punished. According to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland, the attack in Moscow became an attack on the whole of Europe. The terrorists’ target was freedom, democracy and the supremacy of law, which are the priority values of the Council of Europe, he pointed out.Head of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, who also strongly condemned the blasts in Moscow, offered his condolences to the families and friends of those killed and said the EU intends to cooperate with Russia in fighting terrorism. A similar announcement came from Polish President Lech Kaczynski.