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Putin offers China quake recovery help

Russian President Vladimir Putin tells China that he is ready to offer help in dealing with earthquake damages

AFP , Saturday 20 Apr 2013
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Russian President Vladimir Putin offered China assistance on Saturday in helping recover from a quake that struck the southwest Sichuan province and killed at least 71 people, the Kremlin said.

Putin sent Chinese President Xi Jinping a telegramme expressing his condolences and offering help.

"The Russian leader affirmed Russia's readiness in case of need to provide assistance in dealing with the consequences of this damaging natural disaster," the Kremlin said in a statement.

China's Xinhua news agency, quoting the China Earthquake Administration, said on Saturday that the death toll had risen of 71 people, with a further 600 people injured.

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