Putin offers condolences to Indonesian leadership after deadly tsunami

Putin offers condolences to Indonesian leadership after deadly tsunami

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent condolences to Indonesian President Joko Widodo over tragic consequences of a tsunami that hit coastal areas of the Sundra Strait overnight on Saturday night, the Kremlin website said, TASS reports.

"Russia shares the grief of the friendly nation of Indonesia. I ask you to convey the words of sincere sympathy and support to the relatives and friends of those killed and wish a speedy recovery to all those injured in this natural disaster," the Russian president said in a telegram.

At least 168 people were killed and more than 700 others were injured after a tsunami hit Indonesia. Another 30 people went missing.

A tsunami struck areas of the Sundra Strait separating the islands of Java and Sumatra. A spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster agency said the tsunami might have been caused by the recent Krakatoa eruption.

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