- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said his country stands ready to help the United States to investigate Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon that killed three and injured at least 140.

Russia “would be ready to provide assistance,” he said Tuesday in The Associated Press report.

The leader also expressed condolences on the Kremlin’s website and appealed for the international community to join forces to fight against terrorism.

The expressions come a day after President Obama’s national security adviser, Tom Donilon, met with Mr. Putin to help smooth U.S.-Russia relations, which have been tense in recent months, AP said. During the meeting Mr. Donilon presented Mr. Putin with a personal letter from Mr. Obama.

The cooling of the relationship has stemmed mostly from disputes over how best to handle the Syrian crisis and how Russia has recently handled political dissent, AP reported.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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