International leaders react to Stockholm attack
The presidents of America, Russia and the EU Commission are among the world leaders expressing sympathy and solidarity with Sweden.
The President of the EU Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, says that the attack on Friday is a blow against all EU countries. He also sends his condolences, and says the attack seems to be against “our lifestyle.”
The General Secretary of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, expresses sympathy for the victims and their families and hopes those responsible will soon be brought to justice.
A spokesperson for the United States of America’s Department of State, Mark Toner, says that such attacks try to sow fear, but instead strengthen the common resolve to fight terrorism. He says the USA is willing to help with the investigation.
The Eiffel Tower turned out its lights for a minute last night to honour the victims of the Stockholm attack. France’s President, François Hollande, expressed his country’s sympathy and solidarity also with all Swedes.
The British Foreign Minister, Boris Johnson, writes on Twitter that his thoughts and those of his country are with the victims, their families and the whole of Sweden.
The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, writes in a statement that his country is familiar with international terrorism, and that in this difficult time Russians weep together with the Swedish people.
Germany stands with Sweden against terrorism, says the spokesperson for the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel.
And Greece, Netherlands and Spain are among the other countries that have also sent their condolences to those affected by the Stockholm attack.