Putin expresses condolences to Indonesian leader after deadly tsunami

Putin expresses condolences to Indonesian leader after deadly tsunami

Russian President Vladimir Putinon Saturday extended condolences to Indonesian President Joko Widodo in connection with the high civilian death toll and mass destruction caused by earthquakes and a subsequent tsunami near the country's island of Sulawesi, the Kremlin press service said, UrduPoint reported.

On Friday, a powerful 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The tremor was followed by two 5.8-magnitude quakes. Additionally, a 2-meter-high (6.5-feet-high) tsunamistruck the city of Palu and the Donggala area in Central Sulawesi after the tremors.

According to the latest media reports, the number of natural disaster's victims in Indonesiasurpassed 380.

"Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a telegram of condolences to Indonesian President Joko Widodo in connection with numerous human casualties and massive destruction caused by a tsunami that hit the Sulawesi Island," the press service said in a statement.

According to the statement, Putin stressed that Russia shared the sorrow of the Indonesian people and wanted the words of sympathy and support to be conveyed to the relatives and friends of the victims.

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