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Putin offers his condolences to Erdogan for the victims of the water bomber crash


AA / Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Poutine sent a message of condolence to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the victims of the water bomber plane which crashed in operation in Kahramanmaraş.

In a statement released on Saturday, the Kremlin said Putin sent a letter of condolence to his counterpart Erdogan for the victims of the water bomber plane which crashed while participating in the extinction of a forest fire in southern Turkey, with 5 Russian soldiers and 3 Turks on board.

In his message, Putin referred to the solidary cooperation of the Russians with the Turks in the fight against forest fires in Turkey.

“The pain of the loss of life unites us, and I ask you to convey my desolation and my support to the families and relatives of the victims. I wish them courage and perseverance in this difficult ordeal,” he added.

The statement also stressed that Putin wished to extend his condolences to the families of Russian soldiers who died in the accident.

According to the statement, Putin had asked Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to award honorary distinctions from the Russian state to the victims.

Earlier on Saturday, a water bomber plane leased by Russia to the Turkish Forest Directorate General crashed while intervening to put out fires in Kahramanmaraş province.

The Turkish Defense Ministry announced that the Russian aircraft had taken off from Adana province to participate in the efforts to extinguish the Kahramanmaraş fire, before crashing.

For its part, the Russian Ministry of Defense has indicated that the aircraft is of the “Beriev Be-200” type. According to the same source, eight people were on board the aircraft, including five Russian soldiers and three Turks.

* Translated from Arabic by Hajer Cherni

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