Tuesday, September 11, 2001; 10:55 AM EST
LONDON- World leaders reacted with revulsion Tuesday to the aircraft attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and on the Pentagon in Washington.
Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed deep sympathy to the people of the United States "in connection with this terrorist act, this terrible tragedy," the Kremlin quoted spokesman Alexei Gromov as saying.
Putin had been informed immediately of the attacks.
"I am horrified by the news we have just heard," said French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine.
"When we know more about this we will have to think about ways to eradicate the causes of terrorism around the world. But first of all, we must fight against all forms of terrorism."
British Prime Minister Tony Blair said he was rushing back to London from a trade union conference in response, and said world leaders would have to combat international terrorism.
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said Britain offered whatever help it could to the U.S. government "to bring the perpetrators to justice."
Berlin said it was shocked and said Germany's security council was convening, chaired by Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.
German air traffic authorities said all European flights to the United States had been suspended after the suspected terrorist attacks.
Israeli Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer told Israel's Army Radio it was "simply a tragedy."
"I sympathize with the American people," he said. "It's simply a terrible thing."
In Brussels, Chris Patten, European Commissioner for External Affairs, said:
"We are all watching events with absolute horror. Our prayers and deepest sympathies go out to our friends in the United States."