In this photo taken on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, meets with actors and Russian and Soviet ice hockey players after the premier of the movie ” Legend # 17″ in Primorsky sanatorium movie theater outside the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. The film is about Soviet ice hockey legend Valery Kharlamov. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has called the Boston Marathon explosions a “disgusting” crime.
Putin has offered assistance in investigating Monday’s twin bombings in Boston that killed three people and wounded more than 170, saying in a condolences note Tuesday that the international community should come together to fight terrorism.
He followed up on that Thursday while opening the Ice Hockey Under 18 World Championship in Sochi, Russia’s Black Sea resort that will host the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Speaking before the game of Russian and U.S. teams, Putin called for a moment of silence and offered condolences. He said that the fact that the Boston attack occurred during a major sports event made it “particularly disgusting.”
Russian officials have pledged to do everything necessary to ensure security of the Sochi Games.