Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia strongly condemned terror attack by the Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Mohammed in Jammu and Kashmir that claimed the lives of at least 45 CRPF soldiers. He also said that the perpetrators behind the act should be duly punished.
In a message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Putin said: “Please accept the most sincere condolences in connection with the loss of Indian law enforcement officers in the terrorist act in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
“We strongly condemn this brutal crime. The perpetrators and sponsors of this attack, undoubtedly, should be duly punished.”
Putin reiterated Russia’s “readiness for further strengthening counter-terrorism cooperation with Indian partners”.
“In Russia, we share the grief of friendly people of India and hope for the speedy recovery of the injured,” he said.
Soon after the attack, JeM claimed responsibility for the deadly attack and released a video clip of the suicide bomber, identified as Adil Ahmad Dar, which it claimed was shot before he carried out the strike in Lethpora.
Putin’s message on Friday came separately after the Russian Embassy here issued a statement on Thursday saying it “condemns in the strongest terms the horrific terrorist attack”.
“We denounce terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and reiterate the need to combat these inhuman acts with a decisive and collective response without any double standards,” the Embassy statement said.