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Terrorism, Not Russia Poses Real Threat to European Security: Official

© Sputnik / Vladimir Fedorenko / Go to the mediabankAlexei Pushkov, Chairman of the State Duma's International Affairs Committee
Alexei Pushkov, Chairman of the State Duma's International Affairs Committee - Sputnik International
The real threat to Europe comes from the adherents of terrorism, not from Russia, according to Alexei Pushkov, the head of the foreign affairs committee in the lower house of Russia's Parliament.

People hold posters with the words Je Suis Charlie (I Am Charlie) outside the Newseum January 7, 2015 in Washington, DC - Sputnik International
Updates on Charlie Hebdo Attack: Manhunt Underway, France Mourns Victims
MOSCOW, January 7 (Sputnik) — The attack on Charlie Hebdo Magazine's office in Paris has shown that the real threat to European security is terrorism, not Moscow, a senior Russian lawmaker wrote on his Twitter account on Wednesday.

"The tragedy in Paris has demonstrated that it is not Russia that threatens Europe and its security. It's a bluff. The real threat comes from the adherents of terrorism. It's a fact," Alexei Pushkov, the head of the foreign affairs committee in the lower house of Russia's Parliament tweeted.

On Wednesday, three men burst into the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine's central Paris office. At least 12 people — 10 journalists and 2 police officers — were shot and killed by the gunmen. According to media reports, the shooters managed to escape by car.

Following the attack, France's Ile-de-France region was placed on the highest terror alert in decades. French media offices have also been placed under enhanced police protection. The manhunt for the gunmen is already underway.

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