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MOSCOW, April 21 (Itar-Tass) —— Prime Minister Vladimir Putin offered condolences to his Pakistani counterpart Yousaf Raza Gillani in connection with a mass loss of life in a plane crash outsider Islamabad.
“On behalf of the Russian Federation and on my own behalf I express deep condolences in connection with the crash of a passenger plane outside Islamabad, which claimed so many human lives,” Putin said in his telegram on Saturday, April 21.
“Please, convey my sympathies and word of support to those who have lost their next of kin in this tragic catastrophe,” the prime minister said.
Earlier in the day, President Dmitry Medvedev sent condolences to Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.
“I was deeply saddened by the news of the plane crash outside Islamabad that resulted in numerous casualties. We share the grief of the friendly Pakistani people,” Medvedev said in his message.
He expressed sympathy and offered sincere condolences to the families of those killed.
A passenger Boeing-737-200 owned by a private Pakistani airline crashed on April 20 not far from Islamabad. As a result, 118 passengers and nine crewmembers died.