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International politics reacted to the terrorist assault in a live performance corridor close to Moscow with shock and disappointment. The US mentioned it had warned Russia of an impending assault of this type.

The assault in a live performance corridor close to Moscow provoked shocked worldwide reactions. The terrorist militia “Islamic State” has claimed duty for the crime.

“We condemn the terrible terrorist attack on innocent concert-goers in Moscow,” wrote Chancellor Olaf Scholz on the quick message service X. “Our thoughts are with the relatives of the victims and all those injured,” mentioned the SPD politician.

Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock described the act as “cowardly, inhumane terror.” Also at X, she wrote: “Innocent people who just wanted to go to a rock concert were murdered in cold blood.” The Deputy President of the Bundestag, Katrin Göring-Eckardt, had beforehand made comparable statements. She spoke of a “cowardly attack on people who just wanted to listen to music.”

The Foreign Office additionally condemned the “terrible attack on innocent people” and condoled with the victims' households. The authorities demanded that the background to the assault should be clarified rapidly.

Steinmeier and Macron condemn terrorist assault

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was horrified by the terrorist assault. “The images from Moscow of assassins firing indiscriminately at concertgoers are terrible,” Steinmeier wrote on X . “My condolences go out to the families of those murdered and the many injured.”

French President Emmanuel Macron was equally dismayed at X. France strongly condemns the terrorist assault, he wrote, and expressed solidarity “with the families of the victims, the injured and the Russian people.”

After the assault in Russia

Between disappointment and rubble

USA: “In solidarity with the Russian people”

The USA additionally condemns the assault. “We express our deepest condolences to the families and relatives of those killed and all those affected by this heinous crime,” mentioned US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. “We condemn terrorism in all its forms and stand in solidarity with the Russian people in their mourning for the lives lost.”

The EU, NATO and UN react with dismay

The European Union additionally reacted with horror to the assault close to Moscow. The EU is shocked and horrified by the studies of a terrorist assault, mentioned Peter Stano, spokesman for the EU Commission on the X platform. “The EU condemns any attacks against civilians. Our thoughts are with all affected Russian citizens,” he wrote.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his “deep condolences” to the affected households and folks in Russia in addition to the federal government, in accordance with an announcement. Guterres wished the injured a speedy restoration.

The UN Security Council known as for clarification after the “cowardly and despicable terrorist attack”. Perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors should be held accountable and delivered to justice. All States are known as upon to cooperate actively with the Government of Russia and different related authorities in accordance with worldwide legislation and related Security Council resolutions.

NATO additionally reacted with dismay to the assault. “We strongly condemn the attacks on concertgoers in Moscow. Nothing can justify such heinous crimes,” mentioned a spokeswoman. “Our deepest condolences go out to the victims and their families.”

Britain's Foreign Secretary David Cameron expressed his deepest condolences to the victims' households. “Nothing can ever justify such terrible violence,” he emphasised at X.

China and Türkiye pledge help to Russia

Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke concerning the assault on state tv channel CCTV. He emphasised that China rejects all types of terrorism and strongly condemns terrorist assaults. China helps the efforts of the Russian authorities underneath President Vladimir Putin to keep up nationwide safety and stability.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the assault as a “heinous terrorist attack.” “Terrorism is unacceptable, no matter where it comes from and who the attackers are,” Erdogan mentioned at a public look in Ankara. Turkey shares Russia's struggling, he added. “We will continue to fight against terror, the common enemy of humanity.”

Ukraine denies any involvement

Ukraine emphasised that it had no reference to the assault. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's adviser, Mykhailo Podolyak, mentioned his nation had nothing to do with the taking pictures in Moscow. Ukrainian army intelligence spokesman Andrii Yusov instructed the newspaper Ukrainska Pravda that the act was a deliberate provocation by Russian particular forces. Russian President Putin is committing crimes towards his personal individuals.

U.S. National Security Council consultant John Kirby additionally mentioned there was no proof that Ukraine was concerned within the assault. Kirby spoke of “terrible images” from Moscow that have been tough to bear. The USA's ideas are with the victims of the horrible armed assault.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova instantly responded to Kirby's feedback. It was untimely for the USA to exonerate Ukraine, she mentioned on Russian tv. “If the United States or another country has reliable facts, they should provide them to the Russian side,” demanded Zakharova. Without such info, neither the White House nor anybody else would have the proper to grant absolution prematurely.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk warned that the assault could possibly be used as a pretext for escalation. “Poland strongly condemns this brutal attack,” Tusk mentioned on

USA claims to have warned Russia

The White House mentioned the United States had just lately warned Russian authorities of a potential assault concentrating on “large gatherings.” In March, the US authorities obtained details about a “planned terrorist attack in Moscow” that would probably goal “large gatherings, including concerts,” mentioned US National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson. Washington shared the knowledge with the Russian authorities.

Other Western embassies had additionally just lately warned of terrorist assaults in Moscow. The Kremlin described this as a provocation by the West.

Jim-Bob Nickschas, ARD Berlin, tagesschau, March 23, 2024 11:17 a.m