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

Source: Xinhua| 2017-04-04 13:24:05|Editor: ZD

Security personnel enter the metro station where a blast went off in St. Petersburg, Russia, on April 3, 2017. Two subway stations were hit by explosions with destructive elements in the Russian city of St. Petersburg Monday and so far at least 10 people have been reported killed and 50 others injured, according to Russian media. (Xinhua/Sputnik)

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 in St. Petersburg Metro, the White House said.

Trump spoke with Putin to condemn the attack and expressed "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 U.S. 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 were killed and dozens of others were wounded on Monday in an explosion in a train carriage on the runway between the metro stations of Technological Institute and Sennaya Ploshchad (Square) in St. Petersburg.

Russian officials described the bombing as an act of terror. The exact cause of the attack remain unknown pending an official investigation.

Putin has laid flowers at the entrance of the Technological Institute station, expressing his condolences to the families of the victims.

Earlier, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the United States condemned the St. Petersburg attack, while extending the "deepest condolences to the loved ones who have been killed and injured."

"Attacks like these on ordinary citizens just going about their lives remind us that the world must work as one to combat violence in all forms," Spicer told a news briefing.

He added that the United States is prepared to offer assistance to Russia that it may require in investigating this crime.

Trump, speaking before having a lunch with visiting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in the White House, called the bombing a "terrible thing."

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