Terrorist attacks in Paris: need for deeper counterterrorism cooperation (Ambassador Yakovenko, for Russia Today)
The terrorist attacks in the centre of Paris, where extremists killed journalists of the “Charlie Hebdo”, police officers and customers of the kosher store, were shocking. It sent the waves of fear and sympathy across the continent. The Russian people extended their heartfelt condolences and sent thoughts of sympathy and support to the families and friends of those killed and wounded in the gun attack. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov represented Russia during Sunday's Unity march in Paris.
At this grievous time it is, however, worth mentioning that these kinds of tragic events unequivocally underline the need for deeper cooperation among states in combating the terrorist threat. Notwithstanding the sanctions, Russia is ready to continue mutually beneficial interaction on this issue with the West. But it should be built on clear principles that are not conditional on personal sympathies or offences and based on the serious and impartial analysis of the problem and understanding of the necessity for urgent political and diplomatic cooperation in addition to work at the level of law enforcement and special services.
Terrorist attacks across the globe that have affected citizens of all countries are a grim reminder of the human suffering inflicted by terrorists. As the threat of terrorism persists, so must our collective efforts. As the threat of terrorism evolves, so must the response of the international community. There should be no boundaries and artificial restrictions as it is in the interest of all. It should be complemented by efforts to build up understanding and trust between various cultures, represented in our multiethnic societies of today.