The Russian Ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, sent a message to those attending a memorial event for the victims of 9/11 at the Tear of Grief memorial, adding that sorrow over the tragic loss is shared by both nations, RT reports.
It is noted that during the weekend, numerous memorial events have been held to mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that left nearly 3,000 dead and spurred the military effort in Afghanistan, which only recently came to an end. On Sunday, an event was held in New Jersey at the Tear of Grief monument created by the Russian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli.
“Russian President, Vladimir Putin, was the first world leader to call his American colleague, George W. Bush, after those terrorist attacks,” the ambassador said noting that among the victims of 9/11, some were Russians and immigrants from the former USSR.
Antonov called terrorism a “common global threat” and stated that any attempts to create isolated “islands of security in the modern interconnected world are ephemeral and doomed to failure”.
“The victory over terrorists can be achieved only through joint efforts of the entire international community. There is no place for carelessness and double standards in this regard. It is unacceptable to divide terrorists into the good and the bad,” the ambassador emphasized.