Obama talks to Putin
April 19th, 2013
08:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama talks to Putin

(CNN) – President Barack Obama spoke by phone on Friday night with Russian President Vladimir Putin with a manhunt underway for one of the suspects in the deadly Boston Marathon bombing.

According to a statement released by the White House, Putin "expressed his condolences on behalf of the Russian people" for the victims of the violence this week in Boston.

The government of Kyrgyzstan said earlier that the suspects moved from the central Asian Republic a dozen years ago to the Russian region of Dagestan, from where the family immigrated to the United States.

The pair, said to be brothers, apparently came to the United States, several years apart.

Officials say one of them died following a shootout with police, and the other was captured.

Read the full statement below.

President Obama spoke by phone tonight with President Putin of Russia. President Putin expressed his condolences on behalf of the Russian people for the tragic loss of life in Boston. President Obama thanked President Putin for those sentiments, and praised the close cooperation that the United States has received from Russia on counter-terrorism, including in the wake of the Boston attack. The two leaders agreed to continue our cooperation on counter-terrorism and security issues going forward.


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Woman In California

    America sure made the right choice with this president. He actually understands foreign policy and knows how to communicate with world leaders in a diplomatic, calm, effective way. He also sends a strong, intelligent message to our enemies that they can't intimidate us (as they did during 9/11) and take us down without being taken out in the process.

    Having said that, congratulations to all those who bought this killer out of hiding and into the justice system where he belongs.

    April 19, 2013 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  2. The Elephant in the Room

    Kudos to the Eruc Holder led Justice Department & FBI for an enormously competent job. Four days from the time of the crime/terror event to the deatth/ capture of the perpetrators is OUTSTANDING. I love the quiet, measured competence of the Obama Administration. Job well done!

    April 19, 2013 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  3. reacharound

    I guess Romney was right about Russia being our number 1 international threat.

    April 19, 2013 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  4. Ed1

    Since Obama has been re-elected the two of them will be best buddies a loss for us again.

    April 19, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  5. Larry L

    Our President is wise enough to use this tragic event to help mend the fences with Russia – especially in the area of joint cooperation in fighting terrorism. This whole response was a great example of why we need a robust federal capability to manage the crisis scenarios of today's world.

    April 19, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    now that this is over they should look into westboro baptist group. They praised all this. Only sick minded people would praise death of others. So that makes them no better than the radicals and serve no god i know. People that think like them are a danger to freedom and our security.

    April 19, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  7. Just a thought

    I didn't mean to disparage our fellow citizens that believe in Allah...but rather to reiterate, President Obama is a Christian

    April 20, 2013 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  8. it must be said

    It looks like AQ succeeded in radicalizing some young muslim Chechens in this case. An entire US metropolitan area terrorized for 4 days by 2 terrorists. AQ must be very pleased and taking notes. And to think the FBI had even been asked to look into the older brother, and yet said no problem here. FBI needs to rethink it approach. Sounds like a follow up was required BEFORE the rampage.

    April 20, 2013 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  9. Faye thomas

    I think that god is preparing this world for his return because the bible says all this . Shall come to pass.

    April 20, 2013 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  10. helenecha

    Cooperation needs more a platform made of concrete than a goal seen by the partners. But if any side of both is usually fed up with picking up every sand and stone which are not good for them, where does the concrete come from?

    April 20, 2013 02:53 am at 2:53 am |