Putin extends condolences to Turkish president, PM over mine collapse

Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended his condolences to his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan over the casualties caused by the mine collapse, the Kremlin press service reported on Wednesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended his condolences to his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan over the casualties caused by the mine collapse, the Kremlin press service reported on Wednesday.

"Vladimir Putin gave words of sympathy and support to the victims' relatives and loved ones and wished the people hurt in the disaster a speedy recovery," the report says.

The disaster occurred in a coal mine near the city of Soma, some 250 kilometers south of Istanbul. Over 200 people are feared dead and between 150 and 200 people are believed to be trapped in the mine. A three-day mourning period has been declared in Turkey.

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