BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and President Michel Sleiman cabled Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday and condemned as “terrorist crimes" the deadly explosions in Volgograd, southern Russia.
“Terrorism is rejected in all forms especially when it targets innocent citizens as in the case in Volgograd,” said Hariri in his message.
“Such terrorist crimes are a serious threat to world peace and security.”
“I offer my condolences to you and the Russian people with whom we are always looking to strengthen the bonds of friendship and solidarity in order to protect our people from all forms of oppression, tyranny and terrorism.”
The death toll rose to 33 people Tuesday from separate suicide attacks over two successive days in Russia on Sunday and Monday, raising fears of Islamist attacks on the Winter Olympics.
On his part, Sleiman cabled Putin and offered his condolences over the victims of the Volevegrad bombings.
He also denounced “the criminal approach that kills innocent people” and urged "the need for cooperation among the international community to confront terrorism in all forms and to save humanity from its dangers."