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11 Sep, 2009 11:00

Russia mourns 9/11 attack victims

A memorial service to commemorate the victims of the 9/11 attacks on the US has been held at the Church of St. Catherine the Great Martyr in Moscow.

The US Ambassador to Russia, John Beyrle, gave an emotional speech. He said people, for the sake of their children, should join forces to build a world in which terrorists would not be able to justify their actions or to find refuge.

"The United States remembers how after those attacks, people were bringing flowers, icons and toys to its embassies all over the world, including in Moscow," Beyrle said.

People in all countries denounced the September 11 attacks, as well as the Beslan and Nord Ost tragedies, he added.

"This fight against terrorism involves those who believe in tolerance and love and those who are on the side of hatred and fear," the American ambassador said.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, speaking at the sixth session of the Valdai Discussion Club, said Russia mourns the victims of September 11 attacks, “just as we did back in 2001.”

“We mourn the victims of the September 11 attacks, just as we did back in 2001. Like no other country, Russia knows what a terrorist act is like. On September 3, we too commemorated those killed in terror attacks in Russia,” he said.

“It’s yet another reminder that we have to put aside any differences and join forces in the face of common challenges,” Putin added.

The Valdai Club is a gathering of the world’s leading experts on Russia.