We had guests last night and, obviously, I've been a little busy this morning. So, once again, I'm posting this week's JB-SFC without listening first. However, given the tragic events of Tuesday, I'm sure that this is a must listen.
Here are the notes from the podcast page of Mr. Batchelor's website: https://audioboom.com/channel/johnbatchelor
NATO & Russia After the Brussels Attack. Stephen F. Cohen. NYU, Princeton University, EastWestAccord.com.
“Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has expressed profound condolences on multiple casualties in the Brussels terror attacks to Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel on behalf of the Russian government and himself.
"We strongly condemn this barbaric crime targeted against the civilian population. The incident once again underscores the need for coordinated efforts of the international community in the fight against terrorist threats," Medvedev said in his message.
“The Russian prime minister asked his Belgian colleague to tell the families and friends of the dead about his sincere sympathy and to wish the soonest recovery to the injured, the governmental press service said.
“Two explosions rocked Brussels airport in the morning of March 22. At least 10 people were killed and 30 injured. The blasts in Brussels come just days after Salah Abdeslam, the mastermind behind the November Paris Attacks, was arrested in Belgium. Explosions have also taken metro stations in Brussels center. At least 10 people are feared dead.”
“Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered his condolences to King Philippe of Belgium over the death of civilians as a result of the terrorist attacks in Brussels on March 22.
"The head of the Russian state condemned this barbaric crime, which has no justification and which confirms once again that terrorism knows no borders and threatens the peoples all over the world," the Russian presidential press service reported.
"The fight against this evil requires the most active international interaction," Putin noted.
“According to the press service, Putin said he is convinced that the murderers and their accomplices will face their due punishment, and offered his words of sympathy to the families and friends of those killed and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.”