The Secretary-General spoke to President Vladimir Putin today and expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the attacks in Volgograd as well as to the Russian people. The Secretary-General stressed the importance of strong international cooperation to fight terrorism and he noted that the perpetrators must be brought to justice.
President Putin expressed his gratitude to the Secretary-General for his personal condolences, which were greatly appreciated by the Russian people. He noted that the international community must work together in the fight against terrorism and commended the United Nations for its important role in coordinating efforts to fight organized crime and terrorism. He assured the Secretary-General that Russia would work within the bounds of international law to bring the perpetrators to justice.
The Secretary-General and President Putin also discussed various developments related to Syria. President Putin confirmed Russia's strong support for the International Conference on Syria, to take place in Switzerland in January, and for the second humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, to be held in Kuwait on 15 January.