25 December 2016, Male'; The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, H.E Dr. Mohamed Asim has sent a message of condolence to H.E.Mr. Sergey V. Lavrov Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation following the crash of the Russian Military plane.
The Minister’s message reads as follows:
It was with shock that I learnt of the Russian Military plane, which crashed after take-off from Sochi heading for Latakia in Syria, killing the official choir of the Russian armed forces, soldiers, journalists, civil service personnel and crew members.
On behalf of the Government and people of the Maldives and my own behalf, I would like to extend our condolences to the Government and people of Russia. Please also convey our heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved families.