Putin addresses Francois Hollande and French nation

 Putin addresses Francois Hollande and French nation

Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed French President Francois Hollande and the whole French nation in connection with the terrorist attack in Nice.

"Last night we all learned about a next heinous terrorist attack in France," the Russian leader said.

"I understand that now the president, just like the French leadership, has no time for telephone talks. That’s why I want to address him publicly. Dear Francois, Russia knows about terrorism and threats that it creates for all of us. Our people faced such tragedies more than once and is deeply affected by what happened, sympathizes with French people and is in solidarity with them," TASS cited Putin as saying.

"The crime in Nice in which people were killed and injured, also Russian nationals, was committed with particular cruelty and particular cynicism. I would like to emphasize once again that terrorism can be defeated only through joint efforts," the Russian president said.

He asked President Hollande to convey words of most sincere condolences and support to the families of the victims, as well as wish an early recovery to those inured.

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