Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday strongly condemned Thursday's terror attack by the Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Mohammed in Jammu and Kashmir that claimed the lives of over 40 CRPF personnel and said that the perpetrators behind the act should be "duly punished".
In a message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mr Putin said: "Please accept the most sincere condolences in connection with the loss of Indian law enforcement officers in the terrorist act in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
"We strongly condemn this brutal crime. The perpetrators and sponsors of this attack, undoubtedly, should be duly punished."
Mr Putin reiterated Russia's "readiness for further strengthening counter-terrorist cooperation with Indian partners".
"In Russia, we share the grief of friendly people of India and hope for speedy recovery of the injured," he said.