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26 Dec 2016

Belarus prime minister signs condolences for Russian aircraft crash

MINSK, 26 December (BelTA) – Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov signed the book of condolence for victims of the Russian aircraft Tu-154 crash in the Embassy of Russia in Belarus on 26 December, BelTA has learned.

Andrei Kobyakov laid flowers in memory of the victims of the Russian aircraft crash and signed the book of condolence.

Andrei Kobyakov wrote: “I was profoundly shaken by the news about the crash of the Tu-154 aircraft that entailed multiple human causalities. The crash killed professional artists, military personnel, public figures, and reporters, who were flying to Syria on a mission of honor. Our country mourns together with brotherly Russia. The tragedy has inflicted unspeakable pain on the hearts of Belarusians. I personally and on behalf of the entire Belarusian nation would like to offer my sincere condolence to friends and families of the dead and the entire Russian nation.”

A Tu-154 jet liner crashed into the Black Sea in the morning on 25 December. There were 92 people on board, including members of the Alexandrov Ensemble of the Russian army as well as reporters. A day of mourning was declared in Russia on 26 December due to the aircraft crash.

Upon instruction of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko flags over the Belarus President Administration and other government institutions all over the country were taken to half-mast on 26 December as a token of solidarity and mourning in relation with the catastrophe in Russia. Entertainment events and TV programs were restricted. TV channels and radio stations were instructed to take into account these circumstances as they compile their daily programs.

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