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    Russia Ready to Help Italy’s Relief Efforts Following Deadly Earthquake

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    Russia is ready to assist Italy in relief efforts of the earthquake that struck central Italy, killing at least 73 people, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in a letter of condolences to Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – President Vladimir Putin sent a message to Renzi earlier in the day, saying he shares the grief of the Italian people and expressing readiness to render the needed assistance in the aftermath of the disaster.

    “If necessary, the Russian Government is ready to provide assistance to Italy in eliminating the aftermath of the disaster,” Medvedev said in a letter publicized by the Russian cabinet.

    Medvedev expressed “sympathy and support to the families and friends of those killed, and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.”

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