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Monday, 26 December 2016

Latest Updates on Russian Defense Ministry's Tu-154 Aircraft Crash in Black Sea as World Mourning the Victims

On Sunday morning, the Russian Defense Ministry's Tu-154 aircraft en route to Syria with 92 people on board crashed into the Black Sea shortly after refueling at an airport in the Russian resort city of Adler. Fragments of the plane were discovered 1 mile from the sea shore of Sochi.

Most of the passengers were members of the famous army choir of the Russian armed forces, the Alexandrov Ensemble, who were traveling from Moscow to Hmeymim airbase in Syria to put on a New Year concert for Russian troops deployed there. Nine journalists of Russia's TV channels and famous Russian humanitarian activist Elizaveta Glinka, also known as Dr. Lisa, were aboard the plane as well.

This is What Leaders Around the World Said About Tu-154 Crash:
Politicians, officials and ordinary people all over the world have expressed condolences following the crash of the Russian Defense Ministry's Tu-154 plane heading from Moscow to Syria with 92 people on board, including the famous Alexandrov Ensemble members, a prominent humanitarian activist and nine journalists, near resort city of Sochi.

People are bringing flowers to commemorate the victims to the port in Sochi, to the Ostankino television and radio Tower and to the building of the Alexandrov Ensemble in Moscow.

President Putin Declares Dec 26 Day of National Mourning Over Russia's Tu-154 Plane Crash

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also offered condolences to families, colleagues and friends of victims of the plane crash, promising a thorough investigation into the catastrophe.

"All circumstances of the incident will be thoroughly investigated. The necessary assistance will be provided to everyone affected by this tragedy," Medvedev said in a statement issued on the government’s website.

Syrian President Bashar Assad extended his condolences to Russian President Vladimir Putin over the crash earlier on Sunday.

With a great sadness, we received the news of the crash of the Russian Tu-154 plane, which was carrying our dear friends, who would like to share with us and the people of Aleppo, the joy of victory and holidays," Assad was quoted as saying by the SANA news agency.

Russia remains Syrian ally in the fight against terrorism, he added.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed condolences over aircraft crash.

"After the crash of the Russian aircraft in the Black Sea, Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed condolences to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Her thoughts are with the families of the victims," Ulrike Demmer, the deputy government spokeswoman, said.

The German foreign minister extended condolences as well, saying he hoped that some survivors could be found.

Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano expressed deep condolences over the crash.

"I express the sorrow of our country to Russia, an important partner of Italy," Alfano said. Spain The Spanish Foreign Ministry expressed condolences of Madrid to the families and colleagues of the victims. "Spain met with deep sorrow the news that a plane of the Russian Ministry of Defense crashed today in the Black Sea, which led to the deaths of 92 people on board.

The Spanish government sends its condolences to the families and colleagues of the victims and all the people and the authorities of Russia," the ministry stressed.

Czech Republic Press secretary of the Czech president Jiri Ovcacek said that the tragedy was taken by the president with a heavy heart adding that "this tragedy is even more regrettable because it affected one of the most important Russian artistic groups, of which Mr. President is also a fan."

Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi expressed his condolences. "India joins Russia in mourning the tragic loss of lives of Russian servicemen in the air crash today," Modi wrote on his official Twitter account.

akistani government expressed their condolences through spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nafees Zakaria.

"The leadership & ppl of Pakistan extend heartfelt condolences 2 Govt & ppl of Russia for tragic plane crash today that killed all onboard. Our special prayers for the bereaved families. We stand by the ppl of Russia as they mourn this irreparable loss," Zakaria tweeted.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also extended his heartfelt condolences to Putin over the crash. "Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Russian President Vladimir Putin and expressed his sincere condolences on the crash of the Russian Tu-154 plane in Sochi," the Kremlin press service said.

The presidents of Azerbaijan, Moldova, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan among other leaders also expressed their condolences over the crash.

Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland expressed condolences over the crash of Russian military Tu-154 aircraft crash into Black Sea earlier on Sunday.

"Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of the victims … and we are thinking of them on this sad day for Russia," Jagland was quoted as saying in a statement.

Leaders of Iran, Serbia, Greece and Israel, ambassadors of China and the United States were among those who conveyed their condolences with respect to the crash as well.

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