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MINSK, December 31. /ITAR-TASS/. Belarus’ Foreign Ministry has condemned the terrorist attacks in Russia’s southern city of Volgograd and the loss of life the Sunday and Monday strikes have caused.
Such attacks would never reach the target of destabilizing the country on the eve of the New Year holidays and ahead of the winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
Whatever goals terrorists in any corner of the globe might declare, their actions always entailed the grief and suffering of innocent people, the ministry said.
“Those who call to ‘understand’ and ‘justify’ terrorist acts are double hypocrites. Terrorism cannot be justified by any nationality, religious or political reasons, let alone by the considerations of ‘fair’ or ‘unfair’ goals of its masterminds,” the statement said. “Ideology of violence and extremism must be unconditionally condemned.”The ministry noted that Belarus took seriously its participation in anti-terrorism efforts both on the global scale within United Nations structures, and within regional organisations such as the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO), the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), as well as in bilateral or any other formats.
“We are confident that if each state shows a responsible approach, it will help to step up regional and international efforts, to strengthen practical anti-terrorism instruments,” the ministry added.
Two terrorist attacks have been staged in the city of Volgograd over the past few days. On Sunday, a suicide bomber detonated explosives at the entrance to the waiting hall of Volgograd’s central railway station.
On Monday, a suicide bomber blew up a trolleybus in the morning rush hour. According to latest reports, these attacks claimed 34 lives. About 100 people were wounded, of whom 60 are still in hospitals in Volgograd and Moscow.