2016-06-29. The Head of the House of Romanoff extends her condolences to the victims of the terrorist attack at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport
The Head of the Russian Imperial House, H.I.H. The Grand Duchess Maria of Russia, was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the terror attack that took place at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey. She extends her condolences to the family and friends of those who perished and prays that the wounded will recover quickly from their injuries.
Her Imperial Highness believes that it is both significant and truly moving that, despite the complications that have arisen recently in relations between the governments of Russia and Turkey, many citizens of Russia have gone to the Turkish embassy in Moscow to express their condolences and show their solidarity with the Turkish people in their struggle against terrorism.
During her recent visit to Turkey, the Head of the House of Romanoff many times saw that the political disagreements between Turkey and Russia had in no way diminished the positive feelings that the majority of the Turkish people have for Russia and Russian nationals who are living and traveling in Turkey.
The Grand Duchess is convinced that the future of international relations in general, and of Russo-Turkish relations in particular, must not and will not be characterized by confrontation, which only brings death and destruction to all sides in such conflicts, but by the teachings of the Most High God, by common sense, goodwill, collaboration and cooperation, and by unity of purpose and resolve in the face of common global threats and crises.