Yesterday, an unprecedented terrorist attack hit Paris, killing and wounding hundreds of civilians. No words can fully express the sadness and fear following the event.
Below are the responses, both partial and complete, from several national leaders in eastern Europe, in support and mourning for the City of Lights.
Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis:
“Latvia and I personally categorically condemn the series of acts of terror in France. There is no justification for such acts,” the Latvian president said, adding that such events are yet another reminded of the necessity to combat extremism and terrorism, which is the greatest challenge of today’s world.
The Latvian president also noted that these are not the first acts of terror in Europe. “We must therefore be alert, but we must not yield to panic or disinformation,” Vejonis said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin:
I would like to express our deepest condolences to you personally and to the people of France in connection with the death of a large number of peaceful citizens in an unprecedented series of terrorist acts in Paris.
This tragedy is additional proof of the barbaric nature of terrorism that is posing a challenge to human civilisation. It is obvious that to counter this evil effectively the entire international community needs to truly join efforts.
I would like to confirm the readiness of the Russian side to closely cooperate with our French partners in investigating the crime committed in Paris. I expect both the originators and perpetrators to be justly punished.
In this hour of trial for France I would like you to convey our sincere sympathy and support to the families and friends of the victims and our wishes of a speedy recovery to all those who suffered at the hands of the extremists.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev:
We share the pain and grief of the people of France. There is no and there can be no justification for acts of terror. The tragedy in Paris is a call for all of us to unite in our fight against extremism, to respond to terror attacks firmly and decisively.
Armeniain President Serzh Sargsyan:
I am deeply shocked by the attacks in Paris last night, an unprecedented terrorist act by its scale. I strongly condemn those terrific actions which claimed multiple innocent lives.
In recent years, the growth of this kind of inhuman violence in different countries of the world gives rise to serious concerns. I am confident that each member of the civilized community will join the struggle against this evil facing us. We must not allow violence, extremism and intolerance to prevail. We are obliged to make concerted efforts at revealing and eradicating all those factors which cause such horrible manifestations of extremism.
In this difficult time, Armenia stands beside the brotherly country of France and is ready to provide full support.
Our prayers, hearts and souls are with the French people.
Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Dragan Čović:
This vile, cowardly and senseless act of killing innocent people is not only the attack on Paris and France, but to the whole humanity and democracy.
We must not succumb to fear and panic, but to strengthen our resolve to never stop fighting against terrorism. Only as a common, strong, united people, using all available means, we have to prevent in future such and similar events.
We express our sympathy with the pain and suffering of the families of killed and wounded, and the entire brotherly people of France in these difficult times.
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev:
The news of the bloodiest terrorist attacks in the heart of Paris that claimed over a hundred lives deeply shocked and horrified me. No cause can justify the killing and violence against innocent people.
At this very difficult moment for the French Republic, I would like to assure you of the commitment and solidarity of the Bulgarian people. I am convinced that democracy and the values in which we believe are stronger than terrorism and cannot be defeated.
The Republic of Bulgaria strongly condemns any form of terrorism and violence. Only through a general and determined effort can we counter such inhuman acts against the principles and foundations of our democratic societies.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov:
My full support and sympathy with the families of the victims and French authorities.
Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović:
I am shocked by the horrendous attacks in Paris and deeply saddened by the loss of so many lives. Croatia stands with the people of France.
Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanović:
The terrible, coordinated, obviously terrorist attacks whose perpetrators are still unknown, shook up Europe and the world [are] a blow to the basic human values … [and he expresses his] sorrow and pain and solidarity with the great French nation, the cradle of many freedoms and principles of the Europe.
I was shocked by brutality of the terrorist attacks which were carried out in Paris yesterday. The news about high number of victims has filled my heart with deep sorrow and regret about so many wasted lives. I would like to express to you my sympathies and solidarity of the Czech Republic.
I deplore in the strongest possible terms this inhuman terrorist act. It is an attack on the values which bind the Czech Republic and France. At this moment of unprecedented security threat faced by France we stand side by side with you as your partner in the European Union and ally within NATO. We are ready to offer France all the necessary cooperation.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán:
Hungary reassures France of its solidarity and the Hungarian people stand by the French in these extremely difficult hours.
Hungarian Minister of Justice and former ambassador of France László Trócsányi:
As a member of the Government of Hungary, former Ambassador to Paris and father, I was deeply shocked to hear of the series of senseless attacks which claimed the lives of numerous victims in Paris last night.
I wish to offer my condolences to the victims’ relatives, and wish the injured a swift and full recovery … Hungary expresses its deep sympathy for the French nation after these brutal attacks on it. As a sign of our sympathy and solidarity, we shall remember the innocent victims in silence with bowed heads and the lighting of candles. Let us send the message to the whole world that we condemn every form of violence and stand up for our common European values.
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite:
…expressed her condolences to France and solidarity with the country and said European community should not allow itself being intimidated.
“International community has to find the most effective way to defend terrorism,” said Grybauskaite in her broadcasted statement.
To express solidarity, Lithuanian president said she will attend events in France. On Monday Grybauskaite will travel to Paris to attend the Leaders’ Forum of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which celebrates its 70th anniversary.
However, Grynauskaite emphasized there is no increased terrorist attack threat in Lithuania.
“All institutions are taking necessary actions to ensure addition security in Lithuania.”
Polish President Andrzej Duda:
Deepest condolences to French people, particularly families, who lost their relatives. We are with you in our thoughts, sorrow and prayers.
I assure you [President Hollande] that in this difficult time you can count on Polish government and Polish people. We are French allies and we stand by your side. I am convinced that terrorists will not break the spirit on French nation.
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis
With deep sorrow I learned about the series of bombings that took place in the evening 13 November in Paris and which caused many casualties. I want to address you [President Hollande], on my behalf and Romania, all my condolences and I would be grateful send them to the bereaved families. Romania condemns strongly these acts of cowardice as contemptible. In these difficult times for the French people, Romania is with you, more than ever, committed to strengthening cooperation with your country to fight the scourge of terrorism.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko:
Deeply shocked by the tragedy in Paris. Terrorism is our common enemy. My Solidarity with the people of France.