Turkey-Syria earthquake kills more than 1,800

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu offered help to Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar in a phone call on Monday after deadly earthquakes hit Turkey and Syria earlier on Monday.

According to the contents of the call released by the Russian Ministry of Defense, Shoigu “offered to provide all necessary assistance to Turkish colleagues through the military sector after the earthquake, including medical assistance to the victims”.

He also expressed condolences for the numerous casualties and destruction caused by Akar, the report added.

Akar thanked the Russian defense minister for his assistance and “committed to preparing concrete proposals in the near future,” the report continued.

Earlier on Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian rescuers had the technology to determine the viability of buildings after the quake, which could be useful, and said Moscow was “waiting for Turkey to side signal”.

“We have expressed our willingness to [to provide assistance] At the highest political level, we are waiting for a signal from our Turkish friends,” Peskov told reporters.

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