US State Department: US Will Assist Russia in Terrorist Investigation

Daily Press Briefings : Daily Press Briefing - January 24, 2011
Mon, 24 Jan 2011 15:29:57 -0600
Philip J. Crowley
Assistant Secretary
Daily Press Briefing
Washington, DC

January 24, 2011
QUESTION: P.J., the help that you’re offering the Russians, what kind of help specifically would that be?
MR. CROWLEY: In other words, we’ve just touched base and just said if you need any help with the ongoing investigation, we’ve got expertise. Of course, Russia does as well. But we have made the offer of assistance. I’m not – I have no indication at this point that, while the investigation, I’m confident, has started, whether the Russian Federation has responded yet.
QUESTION: And that would be presumably FBI or --
QUESTION: And could I also ask you – you mentioned violent extremism. They actually, apparently, have a terrorism investigation ongoing. Would you use the word "terrorism" at this point?
MR. CROWLEY: Well, obviously, it’s an investigation, but I don’t know that I would draw a significant distinction between the two. We use the term "violent extremist". Others use the term "terrorism."

Let me ask you one more. In connection with the Moscow bombing, almost every country has been going, as far as terrorism or bombings are concerned – Russian president was here and the Chinese president was in town last week. My question is that – I asked you before but I need a clear answer that only China (inaudible) as far as terrorism or terrorist activities are concerned. We have not seen any terrorist activities in China. What I’m asking you is: You haven’t discussed with the Chinese president here, what can the global community learn from China so they are – there can be the same terrorism free?
MR. CROWLEY: I’m not sure that China would necessarily agree with your definition. I mean, this is a global challenge. Last week here at the State Department, we had a first meeting of a global counterterrorism forum that we’ve put together. I think there were 24 countries represented. So we are in fact not only expanding our cooperation but comparing notes in terms of best practices and sharing information perspective that we think can help a variety of countries that confront this challenge.