Putin Says Boston Bombings Show Need For More Unity On Counterterrorism

Category: Politics / Apr 25, 2013 9:42AM EDT
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday (April 25) that the Boston bombings showed the need for Russia and the United States to work more closely on security matters. Speaking at his annual question-and-answer session broadcast live on Russian television, Putin said that the bombings proved his policy on the restive North Caucasus region was correct. "Russia itself is a victim of world terrorism, one of the first victims. It always bothered me when our Western partners, yes and your colleagues from Western mass media, called our terrorists - who committed atrocious, bloody, loathsome crimes on our country's soil - called them rebels, and almost never called them terrorists," Putin said. "I'm just calling for this tragedy to push us towards each other in stopping this shared threat - one of the more important and dangerous of which is terrorism," Putin added. U.S. police have said that two ethnically Chechen brothers planted and detonated two pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, killing three people and injuring 264. Russia tipped off the FBI in early 2011 with concerns that Tsarnaev may have been a radical Islamist, and made a second, identical request to the CIA in late September of the same year, they said. The disclosure of the second warning from the Russians raised questions about whether the CIA and the FBI failed to share the information, even after reforms enacted to prevent information-hoarding following the September 11, 2001, hijacked plane attacks. Video Source: Reuters