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No tolerance to terrorists is possible — Lavrov

November 14, 2015, 17:46 UTC+3 VIENNA
"There is no justifying terror attacks, and this is the position of the UN Security Council. There is no justifying the Islamic State, al-Nusra Front and the like," the Russian Foreign Minister says
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US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

© Leonhard Foeger/Pool Photo via AP

VIENNA, November 14. /TASS/. No tolerance is possible to terrorists, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday during a meeting with the US Secretary of State John Kerry.

"Russia’s President Vladimir Putin expressed solidarity with the people of France. We do not forget also the terrorist attacks in Iraq, Beirut, which claimed many lives," Lavrov said. "We cannot be tolerant to terrorists. There is no justifying terror attacks, and this is the position of the UN Security Council. There is no justifying the Islamic State, al-Nusra Front and the like."

"I hope this meeting will help us move forwards," Lavrov said.

John Kerry called the terrorist attacks in Paris modern fascism, the evil, against which everyone should rise.

Paris terrorist attacks

A series of terrorist acts took place at six various venues in Paris Friday evening with the use of automatic weapons and explosive devices. Hostages were taken in the Bataclan concert hall where 1,500 people gathered for a rock concert. The president declared the state of emergency in the country and closed the state borders.

Five terrorists, according to preliminary data, took part in the terrorist acts in Paris, the French capital’s prosecutor Francois Molins said Saturday.

Meanwhile, Agence France Presse reported citing sources close to investigation that eight participants of the terrorist attacks were killed. Four attackers died in the Bataclan hall: three activated suicide belts, and one was liquidated by law enforcers. Three suicide bombers activated their belts near the Stade de France stadium. Another terrorist blew himself up near Bataclan, sources said.

Molins also said the death toll in the terrorist acts could exceed 120 people. He said there are confirmed data on the death of overall 38 people at various points in the city close to the Bataclan concert hall where the main tragedy occurred. "The figures are very serious, as, if we add that to the Bataclan death toll, there unfortunately is a probability that the final death toll will reach or even exceed 120."

The BFM TV later reported that the death toll in the terrorist attacks of Friday in Paris is 127. Another 192 are injured and 80 of them are in poor conditions.

The Elysee Palace said after an extraordinary ministerial conference led by President Francois Hollande that the French authorities have sent their 1,500-strong unit of servicemen to ensure security in Paris after the large-scale terrorist attack occurred in the French capital on Friday evening.

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