Russia Looks to Expand Influence in Latin America with Aid for Mexico’s Earthquake Victims

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Vladimir Puchkov, the Russian Secretary of Emergency and Special Circumstances, offered his condolences to Mexico for the hundreds of people who died during the earthquake, many under the rubble of fallen buildings. (Flickr)

Espa帽olThe Russian Emergency Situations Secretariat has delivered聽35 tons of humanitarian aid to Mexico after the聽earthquake that struck the middle of the country on September 19.

The aid arrived via an II-76 aircraft聽owned by the Russian secretariat, which followed the Moscow-Acapulco route, according to the Itar Tass news agency.

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The聽aid sent by Vladimir Putin’s government included聽tents, food and basic goods, among other things.

Vladimir Puchkov, the Russian Secretary of Emergency and Special Circumstances, offered his condolences to Mexico for the hundreds of people who died during the earthquake, many under the rubble of fallen buildings.聽Puchkov said his country is ready to continue to offer its assistance in rebuilding the country following the natural disaster.

President Putin reportedly sent his condolences to Mexico President Enrique Pe帽a Nieto by means of a telegram.

#Update 333 total killed by earthquake聽19/09/17: 194: 74: 45: 13: 6: 1

Russia joins more than a dozen countries that have sent humanitarian aid and rescue teams to Mexico, including Spain, Iran, Israel, Japan, Venezuela, Chile, the United States, Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama, Honduras and Switzerland.

So far, the聽natural disaster聽has left 333 dead, 194 of which were in Mexico City. Another 74 were in Puebla, 13 in the state of Mexico, six in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca, as confirmed on Tuesday night by the National Coordinator of Civil Protection, Luis Felipe Puente.

Rescue workers continue to sift through the destruction in search of people who聽were trapped under fallen buildings.

Sources: Noticieros Televisa, Exc茅lsior.

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