Prime minister Viktor Orbán – Photo: PMO

Orbán expresses condolences over Moscow attack

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has expressed his condolences to Russian President Vladimir Putin and all of Russia's citizens "over the brutal terrorist attack at Moscow's Crocus City Hall", his press chief told MTI on Saturday.
24. March 2024 6:19

“We have all been shocked by the images of the dead, the wounded, and the destruction,” Orbán said in a letter to Putin.

The Hungarian government is committed to supporting the fight against terrorism, Orbán said, and pledged Hungary’s continued support to stepping up international counter-terrorism operations.

Szijjarto contacts Lavrov, expresses condolences over Moscow attack

Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto phoned Sergei Lavrov, his Russian counterpart, on Saturday to express his “deepest condolences” over the terrorist attack on a concert hall that killed at least a hundred people on the outskirts of Moscow during the previous night.

He told Lavrov that Hungary resolutely condemns the attack in which innocent people had been killed, according to a foreign ministry statement.

Hungary stands with those mourning their loss, Szijjarto told Lavrov. “Those are in our prayers and we wish a swift and full recovery to those who were injured in the terrorist attack,” he said.

Lavrov told Szijjarto that Russian authorities would do everything they can to round up those responsible for the terrorist attack. The Hungarian minister Szijjarto said that in a new development the Islamic State terrorist organisation had claimed responsibility for the attack and 11 of the suspected perpetrators had been detained.

Szijjarto told his Russian colleague that Hungary condemns “in the strongest possible terms” every form of terrorism and will continue to participate in international anti-terrorism cooperations.

He said that the ministry had not received information about any Hungarian victims or casualties.

Speaker sends condolences

House Speaker Laszlo Kover has sent a telegram of condolences to the speakers of the upper and lower houses of the Russian parliament over Friday evening’s terrorist attack on Moscow’s Crocus City Hall. “I learnt with deep sorrow about the terrorist attack,” Kover said in his telegram on Saturday.

Hungary firmly condemns terrorism and is ready to contribute to the international fight against it through every possible means also in the future, he said, and called for the broadest possible international cooperation.

He expressed his condolences to his Russian colleagues and to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those that have been injured in the attack.


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