Dear Russian friends, the world has watched in horror as the events of the past days have unfolded in your country. Here in my part of the world, Fort Smith, Arkansas in The American South, we have prayed for your strength, courage, and perseverance in this horrific situation. Our thoughts and prayers have been with the hostages, as well as their families and friends. As you well know, we are now no stranger to terrorism and its tragic aftermath.
The Russian people are a strong and noble people and will rise to meet the challenges brought about by these recent events. Please know that you will have the continued support and camaraderie of all the people of the world who desire peace and respect the sanctity of life. Somehow or other, we must all unite to eliminate this scourge of madness from the earth. We must all be able to feel safe in our homes, workplaces, schools, and places where people gather to enjoy the vast richness and variety of events this life has to offer. Our continued prayers and sympathies for all those who have suffered in this tragedy and for all of those who have experienced the loss of loved ones.
Although I have not seen Nord-Ost and have no familiarity with it, it is my hope that it lives on and becomes a symbol of solidarity for all the world. Peace and blessings upon the Russian people!
Bob Hughart Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA
All fears about what the West was trying to make of Ukraine are confirmed, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.