NATO boss offers 'solidarity' to Russia after terror attack

24th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen offered the western alliance's "solidarity" to Russia on Monday after a suspected suicide bombing killed at least 31 people at Moscow's busiest airport.

"We are in this fight together," the defence organisation's secretary general said in a statement, after the blast in the packed arrivals hall of Domodedovo international airport.

"This is why in the NATO-Russia Council we have to strengthen our cooperation in the fight against terrorism," the Dane said, on the eve of high-level talks between NATO and Russian officials in Brussels.

A "shocked" Rasmussen underlined: "This is a common threat that we have to face united. NATO expresses its solidarity with the Russian people and government."

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev postponed his trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, starting Tuesday, and ordered a special security regime across the country.

European Parliament president Jerzy Buzek, a former Polish prime minister, added his "sympathy" for the people of Russia, who have "repeatedly suffered from similar inhumane acts in the recent past."

The Russian capital has been rocked by attacks blamed on militants from its overwhelmingly Muslim Northern Caucasus region.

Double bombings carried out by two female suicide bombers on the Moscow metro on March 29, 2010 killed 40 and wounded more than 100.

© 2011 AFP

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