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World leaders express their solidarity with Belgium and condemn as "barbaric" the Brussels airport and subway attacks.

"The despicable attacks in Brussels should bring us together: Solidarity with the victims + determination towards the terrorists."--- German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert on Twitter.

"With heart and mind in Brussels, Europe."--- Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Twitter

"Greece stands in solidarity with the citizens of Belgium and EU. We can't allow fear, religious hatred and racism to prevail in Europe."--- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Twitter

"These attacks against civilians in the centre of Europe carry the signature of cowardice and barbarism ... Europe must fight terrorism together and must defend its democratic values." --- Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann, Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner

"I am shocked and concerned by the events in Brussels. We will do everything we can to help." --- British Prime Minister David Cameron on Twitter

"Today is a black day for #Europe. The horrible events in #Brussels affect us all. We are steadfastly at the Belgians' side."--- German Justice Minister Heiko Maas on Twitter

"All solidarity now with EU, Belgium, #Brussels! Terrorists will never win: Our European values much stronger than hate, violence, terror!"--- Merkel's chief of staff Peter Altmaier

"Holding my breath I am close to Belgians in the face of the shocking attack at the heart of Brussels."--- Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni on Twitter

"The fight against this evil demands the highest level of active international cooperation." --- Russian President Vladimir Putin

"Abominable attacks in BXL. My thoughts are with those affected and their families. We stand together with Belgium."--- Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen on Twitter

"It is an attack on the democratic Europe. We will never accept that terrorists attack our open societies."--- Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven

"Terrorism will not be able to defeat us. The unity of EU democrats is and always will be above barbarism and lack of reason."--- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Twitter

"Once again Europe is under attack. We stand with Belgium. Those using death and violence must and will be defeated."--- Ireland's acting Prime Minister Enda Kenny on Twitter

"News from Brussels is disturbing. The attacks are condemnable."--- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter

"Terrorism is not a threat to any single country or nation, but to the whole humanity and it is high time that this menace is collectively fought for safeguarding our future generations."--- Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

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