Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his condolences to French President Francois Hollande after Thursday’s attack in the French city of Nice, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday.


“President Putin sent a telegram to his French counterpart President Hollande, in which he expressed deep condolences after this inhumane, barbaric terrorist attack,” Peskov told reporters.


Late on Thursday evening, a heavy truck hit a crowd celebrating the Bastille Day in Nice, killing 84 and injuring dozens more.


“Russia stands in solidarity with the people of France in these difficult days and fully shares its pain,” Peskov added.


Russian President Vladimir Putin found out about the deadly attack in Nice during his meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.


Russia remains ready for close counterterrorism cooperation with France following the deadly attack in Nice, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a message to his French counterpart Francois Hollande.


“The cruelty and cynicism of this crime, committed on your National Day, is astonishing. We have again seen that terrorism is absolutely unfamiliar with human morale, its victims are innocent civilians, including women and children,” Putin said, as quoted by the Kremlin press service.


The Russian president reaffirmed that Russia is ready for “the closest cooperation with France and other international partners in all areas of counterterrorism” and believes in the need for humanity to unite in this fight.


“The tragic news about the terrorist attack in Nice came when talks had begun between Vladimir Putin and US Secretary of State John Kerry,” Peskov said.


According to the spokesman, the two politicians’ meeting lasted until “well after midnight.”




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