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Russian Officials Fault the West Over Brussels Blasts

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MOSCOW -- The death toll was still mounting in the Brussels bombings when prominent Russian officials, lawmakers, and pro-Kremlin pundits began using the attack to criticize Europe.
 
Russians brought flowers to the Belgian Embassy in Moscow, and officials from President Vladimir Putin on down offered condolences over the attack. At the same time, senior officials and lawmakers undermined those signals of solidarity with a far less sympathetic message to the West: It's your own fault.
 
Prominent Putin allies in government, parliament, and punditry cast the attack as the result of what they claimed are the "double standards" in the Western governments' approach to Islamist militants. They accused the West of playing up a threat from Russia while ignoring what Putin says is the need to cooperate more closely with Moscow in combtting terrorism.
 

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