MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia’s Emergencies Ministry is ready to assist China in dealing with the aftermath of Tuesday’s earthquake in Sichuan province that killed nearly 20 people and left over 260 injured, the ministry said in a statement on its website on Wednesday.
Russian Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov sent a telegram to China’s Minister of Civil Affairs Huang Shuxian, in which he expressed condolences and offered assistance of Russian rescuers.
“Vladimir Puchkov noted that in accordance with the agreement between the Russian government and the government of the People’s Republic of China on cooperation in preventing and eliminating emergency situations, Russia’s Emergencies Ministry is ready, if necessary, to provide assistance in elimination of the consequences of the disaster,”
the statement said.
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