26 Mar 2018 12:05

Mirziyoyev sends condolences over Kemerovo fire

TASHKENT. March 26 (Interfax) - Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has expressed his condolences to Russian President Vladimir Putin over the deaths of dozens of people in the fire at a shopping mall in Kemerovo, the press service for the Uzbek Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

"I was deeply saddened by the news about the fire in the city of Kemerovo, which led to numerous casualties," the press service said, citing Mirziyoyev's letter.

"Mirziyoyev offered sincere condolences to the president and all the people of Russia and asked that words of compassion and support be passed on to the victims' relatives and loved ones, as well as wishes for a speedy recovery to all those who were hurt," the press service said.

The fire at the shopping mall Zimnyaya Vishnya began on March 25. The operative headquarters reported on Monday morning that the open flames had been extinguished. The deaths of 64 have been confirmed.