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MOSCOW, March 14. /TASS/. Russian State Duma Deputy Speaker Sergey Zheleznyak has expressed hope for an impartial investigation of the terrorist attack in Ankara that killed 34 people and wounded 125 more on Sunday.
"I am very saddened and concerned about the terrorist attack in the Turkish capital. Together with colleagues, we mourn along with residents of Ankara and all those injured in another blast that took away the lives of innocent people," Zheleznyak wrote on his Facebook page on Monday.
"I hope that Turkish law enforcement agencies will conduct an objective investigation without bias and pressure from Turkish authorities, will prevent panic, ensure calmness of citizens, establish and punish the perpetrators," he added.
According to the Duma deputy speaker, terrorism represents an enormous threat for any country, and all responsible states understand that. "Russia is waging an uncompromising battle against terrorists by destroying terrorist groups in Syria, and will consistently continue this fight," the lawmaker noted.
"Flirting and cooperation with terrorists by Turkish authorities are not just dangerous, they represent a crime against its own people and the peoples of other countries. How many more terrible explosions should occur for Turkish leaders to understand this as their contacts with terrorists in Syria arise bewilderment and indignation of the international community," Zheleznyak wondered.
"I hope that the Turkish society will come to this in time that authorities in Ankara start carrying out the foreign policy in the interests of security and prosperity of its own people, not in favor of different armed radicals," he concluded.