Putin Pledges Aid to Tajikistan After Cold Winter

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russia will send humanitarian aid to Tajikistan to help tackle the aftermath of an unusually cold and long winter.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russia will send humanitarian aid to Tajikistan to help tackle the aftermath of an unusually cold and long winter.

 

Putin met with Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon on Friday, his website said.

 

“The meeting focused on the dire humanitarian situation that Tajikistan faces as a result of the severe winter, and Rakhmon requested aid from Russia. Putin, in his turn, pledged that emergency humanitarian assistance will be rendered as soon as possible,” a statement posted on Putin’s web site reads.

 

The country’s agricultural sector suffered losses of $1.3 million, livestock breeders reported losses of about $905,000. Many roads and bridges were also damaged or destroyed as a result of a long spell of cold weather.

 

More than 20 states sent humanitarian aid worth over $6 million to Tajikistan in January and February. The largest donors were Egypt (35.3 percent), Russia (over 18 percent), The Netherlands (15.1 percent) and Iran (6.6 percent).

 

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