Excerpts from the Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova

October 4, 2017

Tragedy in Las Vegas

We would like to once again express condolences on behalf of the Foreign Ministry over the horrible tragedy in Las Vegas, USA. During the past few days, President Vladimir Putin and other Russian officials have expressed their sympathy and support to the government and people of the United States.

The Foreign Ministry continues to monitor the situation, of course. According to the information available, there are no Russian citizens among the victims of this tragedy. However, Russian offices abroad continue to update the information as well as maintain contact with US authorities, including the Las Vegas police department.

The Russian Embassy in Washington and the Consulate General in Seattle are doing their part of the work. Regrettably, our Consulate General in San Francisco, the city situated the closest to Las Vegas and the largest on the West Coast, has been closed by decision of the US administration, as you know, and the consulate’s premises have been seized by local security services.