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Russia and China hold counterterrorism consultations

Moscow, April 16 (Prensa Latina) Russia and China held consultations on April 11 in Beijing on the fight against international terrorism, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slavic nation reported today.

During the meeting, the Chinese partners condemned the barbaric terrorist attack at Crocus City Hall that occurred on March 22 in Moscow and pointed out the importance of jointly combatting the global terrorist threat in all its forms and manifestations, the Foreign Ministry statement highlights.

According to the note, participants of the meeting exchanged views on the assessment of security threats, including the Middle East, Central Asia and Afghanistan.

Likewise, Russia and China discussed plans to intensify Russian-Chinese interaction bilaterally and within the framework of international organizations, including the United Nations (UN), the BRICS group and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

In addition, the diplomats highlighted the similarity of approaches on a wide range of issues on the anti-terrorism agenda and expressed mutual interest in continuing work to guarantee security at the regional and global level.

On March 22, a commando of armed men shot at a crowd gathered for a rock concert at the Crocus City Hall, northwest of Moscow, and set fire to the venue, causing, according to the latest official data, 145 dead and over 550 injured.

Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged that the attack was the work of radical Islamist’s, but surmised that it could be a link in a chain of operations carried out against Russia since 2014 “with the hands of the Neo-Nazi regime in Kyiv.”

According to the Russian Federal Security Service, after the attack the terrorists tried to flee towards the border between Russia and Ukraine. However, Ukraine flatly denied involvement in the attack.