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Putin says terrorist attack against Russian Guard unit in Chechnya was 'gruesome event'

March 24, 15:00 UTC+3

Putin said that Russia, just as many other countries, had repeatedly been a target of terrorist attacks

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MOSCOW, March 24. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has described the terrorist attack against a Russian Guard unit in Chechnya as a "gruesome event."

As he received French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen in the Kremlin on Friday, Putin said that Russia, just as many other countries, had repeatedly been a target of terrorist attacks.

"We’ve just seen a really gruesome event in Chechnya in the North Caucasus. Terrorists attacked one of our national guard units," Putin said.

"We exist in a very complicated environment. We must develop the awareness of this danger at last and pool efforts in the struggle against terrorism," Putin told Le Pen.

"Our countries are real fighters against terrorism. We can defeat this evil only if we are together," Le Pen said, adding that Russia was pushing ahead with the struggle against terrorism in Syria while France was participating in the operation in Chad. "This is the sole way of defeating terrorism. Regrettably, military presence has to be used."

Le Pen said that "terrorism is certainly a major permanent threat - just yesterday some very serious events occurred in your country."

"It is regrettable Russian legislators had no chance of meeting with French legislators and EU members, because it is such meetings that enable us to give thought to what action is to be taken together and how the terrorist threat can be rebuffed," Le Pen said. She is certain that the terrorist threat has not just a military side to it. "We discussed that with the State Duma speaker. There should be struggle against those who indulge in human trafficking, too, because this is a source of financing international terrorism, too."

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