Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, announced that Russia will not insist on seeking security cooperation with the US if Washington does not show interest.

The statement comes in response to comments from John Kirby, Strategic Communications Coordinator for the White House National Security Council, who ruled out the possibility of mutual security assistance between the two nations.

Antonov’s remarks were prompted by a recent terrorist attack near Moscow, which resulted in a concert hall being targeted, resulting in significant human losses.

Antonov emphasized Russia’s position not to actively seek support from the United States, but highlighted the importance of international collaboration to combat terrorism.

He indicated that Russia will turn to partners in other regions and organizations, such as the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and BRICS, to eradicate terrorist threats.

The ambassador lamented the suspension of counter-terrorism cooperation by the United States, stating that Russia will continue its independent efforts to combat terrorism within its borders.

The terrorist attack on the Crocus City Hall in Krasnogorsk, a metropolitan region of Moscow, on the night of March 22 left at least 139 dead and 182 injured. Russian authorities detained 11 suspects, including four who tried to flee to Ukraine through the Bryansk region.

President Vladimir Putin, in a speech, promised to identify and punish those responsible for the attack, accusing Ukraine of facilitating the terrorists’ escape.

This incident and subsequent statements by Russian and American officials underscore the growing tensions between Russia and the United States, with significant implications for global security and the fight against terrorism.

With information from TASS


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