Trump offers full support to Putin in responding to St. Petersburg attack

Source: Xinhua| 2017-04-04 12:48:16|Editor: Xiang Bo
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WASHINGTON, April 3 (Xinhua) -- In a phone call with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump offered his full support to Russia in responding to an attack on St. Petersburg Metro, said the White House.

Trump spoke with Putin to condemn the attack in St. Petersburg and express "his deepest condolences to the victims and their loved ones, and to the Russian people," the White House said in a statement.

"President Trump offered the full support of the United States Government in responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice," the statement said.

Both leaders "agreed that terrorism must be decisively and quickly defeated," it added.

At least 11 people have been killed and dozens of others wounded in the explosion that took place around 14:40 local time (1140 GMT) Monday in a train carriage on the runway between the metro stations, Technological Institute and Sennaya Ploshchad (Square) in St. Petersburg.

The exact causes and perpetrators behind the attack remain unknown pending an official investigation.

Russian officials have described the bombing as an act of terror.