March 6, 2018 / 3:31 PM / 17 days ago

Putin sends condolences to relatives of Russians killed in Syria plane crash - RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin has sent his condolences to relatives of the 32 Russians killed on Tuesday when a Russian military transport plane crashed in Syria, the RIA news agency cited the Kremlin as saying.

Putin had also received a report on the crash from Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, RIA said.

His ministry had earlier said that the An-26 had crashed at Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Latakia Province and that initial information suggested the crash may have been caused by a technical fault.

Reporting by Maxim Rodionov; Writing by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Christian Lowe

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