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Syria: Assad's advisor offers condolences to Russia after St. Petersburg bomb blast00:52

Syria: Assad's advisor offers condolences to Russia after St. Petersburg bomb blast

Syrian Arab Republic, Damascus
April 4, 2017 at 22:06 GMT -00:00 · Published

Speaking in Damascus on Tuesday, adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Bouthaina Shaaban, expressed her deepest condolences to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian nation following Monday's deadly blast in St. Petersburg.

Speaking to reporters Shaaban stated that Putin "first called for the creation of an international coalition aimed at fighting terrorism" which would have "put an end to terrorism." She stressed that, "the lack of cooperation between the West and Russia showed once again that the West does not want to combat it [terrorism] but uses it as a means [to something else]."

She added, "All of us, Russia, China and other honourable countries, are sure that we will defeat terrorism in our countries, in Russia and the rest of the world."

Earlier on Tuesday, Russian Minister of Health Veronika Skvortsova confirmed that 14 people had died with 49 remaining in hospitals after an unidentified explosive device went off between the Institute of Technology and Sennaya Ploschad metro stations at 14:40 local time (11:40 GMT) on Monday. A second unexploded bomb was reportedly deactivated at Ploschad Vostaniya station.

Russia's Investigative Committee has opened a criminal investigation into the incident and a three-day period of mourning has been declared by St. Petersburg authorities, beginning on Tuesday.

Kyrgyzstan-born 22-year-old Akbarzhon Dzhalilov has been identified as the bomb suspect.

Syria: Assad's advisor offers condolences to Russia after St. Petersburg bomb blast00:52
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Speaking in Damascus on Tuesday, adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Bouthaina Shaaban, expressed her deepest condolences to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian nation following Monday's deadly blast in St. Petersburg.

Speaking to reporters Shaaban stated that Putin "first called for the creation of an international coalition aimed at fighting terrorism" which would have "put an end to terrorism." She stressed that, "the lack of cooperation between the West and Russia showed once again that the West does not want to combat it [terrorism] but uses it as a means [to something else]."

She added, "All of us, Russia, China and other honourable countries, are sure that we will defeat terrorism in our countries, in Russia and the rest of the world."

Earlier on Tuesday, Russian Minister of Health Veronika Skvortsova confirmed that 14 people had died with 49 remaining in hospitals after an unidentified explosive device went off between the Institute of Technology and Sennaya Ploschad metro stations at 14:40 local time (11:40 GMT) on Monday. A second unexploded bomb was reportedly deactivated at Ploschad Vostaniya station.

Russia's Investigative Committee has opened a criminal investigation into the incident and a three-day period of mourning has been declared by St. Petersburg authorities, beginning on Tuesday.

Kyrgyzstan-born 22-year-old Akbarzhon Dzhalilov has been identified as the bomb suspect.

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