MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The news comes after the head of Russian Emergencies Ministry said Russia was ready to provide support to France and Cuba after the hurricane.
"Yes, we are ready. The head of the Emergencies Ministry has already offered their help. We are ready," Putin told a Cuban reporter in Moscow.
Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, descended on the Caribbean islands on Wednesday, striking St Barthelemy and St Martin. On Friday, the hurricane made landfall in the Camaguey Archipelago in Cuba's north-east and continued towards Florida.
The hurricane is one of the strongest ever recorded in the Atlantic basin and has already caused more than 20 deaths.