Unofficial translation from Russian
Alexander Yakovenko, the Official Spokesman of Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Answers a Question from Russian Media About Turkey's Reaction to the Terrorist Act in Moscow
Question: How would you characterize the reaction of Turkey to the terrorist act in Moscow?
Answer: We highly appreciate the reaction of the Turkish leadership, which has resolutely condemned the hostage-taking in Moscow. In the message from Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer to President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, just as in several statements of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, the actions of the bandits are unambiguously described as a terrorist act. It is stressed that such actions cannot be justified, whatever the motivation or from whomsoever they may come. The authorities of Turkey expressed condolences to the kith and kin of the dead and to the entire Russian people. We are grateful to the Turkish leadership for the support and solidarity in the difficult days for our country.
At the same time the publications of some media in Turkey, containing attempts to justify the barbaric terrorist act in Moscow and shift the blame for the deaths of innocent people onto Russian authorities are causing bewilderment. Furthermore, the "writings" of individual authors clearly go beyond the generally recognized bounds of civilized communication, which was noted in the latest statement of the Turkish MFA.
November 1, 2002