Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered condolences to his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Sezer and Prime Minister Recep Erdogan in connection with a train crash in the province of Sakarya, the Kremlin press service reported.
"I heard of this major railway accident with deep regret. I express my sincere sympathy at the deaths of many people and want you to send my condolences to their families. I wish soonest recovery to those injured in the crash," Vladimir Putin's message reads.
All in all, 36 people were killed and 68 injured in the crash.
The Ilyushin 20 (Il-20) military electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Air Force with 14 servicemen on board that went off radar screens off the coast of Syria was shot down by Syrian air defense systems over the Mediterranean Sea