Russian President Vladimir Putin had telephone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
In a telephone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed Russia's readiness to assist Turkey in eliminating the consequences of earthquakes, the Kremlin’s press service has said, TASS reports.
"Putin confirmed Russia’s readiness to immediately furnish assistance to the Turkish partners in eliminating the consequences of this natural disaster," the statement reads. Russia's specific proposals "have already been transmitted to the Turkish side through the appropriate channels."
Putin expressed deep condolences to Erdogan in connection with the devastating earthquakes that resulted in heavy casualties.
Erdogan thanked Putin "for such a prompt and sincere response and said that he was instructing the authorities concerned to accept the Russian rescuers’ assistance."
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Turkey, the number of victims of the earthquake reached 1498 as of 18:30 Yerevan time.