WH condemns ‘reprehensible attack’ at Russian subway station
The White House on Monday condemned the “reprehensible attack” on a subway station in St. Petersburg.
“The president has also been briefed on today’s attack on the St. Petersburg metro. The United States condemns this reprehensible attack and act of violence,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Monday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured and with the Russian people as we extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones who have been killed and injured.” Spicer said attacks like the one in Russia on “ordinary citizens just going about their lives remind us that the world must work as one to combat violence in all forms.” “The United States is prepared to offer assistance to Russia that it may require in investigating this crime,” he said. Spicer said the president has “not yet” spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the explosion. “The violence that occurred in Russia is something that we’ve obviously started reaching out [on] from a government government standpoint,” he said. Russian officials are blaming the explosion at the subway station in St. Petersburg that killed 10 people on terrorism. “We will do our utmost to clear up the factors that made the terrorist attack possible to rule out such cases in the future,” Aleksandr Kurennoi, a spokesman for Russia’s Prosecutor-General’s office, told the Russian News Agency TASS. Putin said in a statement on television that he had been in contact with officials who “will do everything to find out the causes of what had happened,” The New York Times reported.
“The government, both on the city and federal levels, will do everything to support families of the victims and injured,” he said.
Putin was in St. Petersburg Monday for a meeting with the leader of Belarus.