The EU calls on Moscow not to use the terrorist attack as a pretext to increase its attacks against Ukraine. This was stated today during a briefing to the press, the representative of the Commission responsible for Foreign Policy issues, Peter Stano.

“There is no indication, no evidence that Ukraine was connected to this attack, and we appeal to the Russian authorities: do not use the terrorist attack in Moscow as a pretext, as an incentive to increase the illegal attack against Ukraine. Don’t use this as an excuse to increase domestic repression against regime critics in Russia,” said Peter Stano.

Asked whether, in the Commission’s view, Moscow was looking for a pretext to multiply its attacks in Ukraine, Peter Stano replied: “It is not for us to speculate about the circumstances of this terrorist attack, which we condemned (in 22 and 23 March). We are of course concerned by insinuations by representatives of the regime in Moscow about a connection between these attacks and Ukraine. We reject this attempt.”

When asked if there is a possibility of cooperation between the EU and Russia in the fight against terrorism, the same representative of the Commission replied that after the start of Russia’s illegal attack against Ukraine, the EU suspended any kind of cooperation with Moscow, but if Russia submits a “credible” proposal, based on respect for international rules, then the EU would probably not say no. He noted, however, that at this stage we are dealing with a regime that is dragging the country into an illegal war and that is oppressing its people, therefore it is very difficult to imagine what the basis of such cooperation would be.

The Commission representative emphasized that there is no doubt that this is a “terrorist attack” in Moscow, which the EU has condemned very clearly. He noted, finally, that this is not the first terrorist attack on Russian soil and that so far none of the major terrorist attacks in Russia has not been fully investigated and clarified, which leaves many questions open regarding the attitude of the Authorities.