The UAE’s Rulers offered condolences to the families of the FZ981 crash victims and to the Russian president, Vladimir Putin on Saturday.
President Sheikh Khalifa expressed his sympathy to Mr Putin, the Russian people and the families of the victims, state news agency Wam reported.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, also sent messages to Moscow.
The Vice President used Twitter to offer his condolences in both English and Russian.
“We mourn those lost, may their souls rest in peace,” Sheikh Mohammed wrote. “Our thoughts are with their loved ones at this time of sorrow and grief.”
In another post, he said: “I offer my condolences to the families of the passengers who lost their lives on board flight FZ981. This terrible tragedy grieves us all.”
Alexander Efimov, the Russian ambassador to the UAE, said that the investigation into the Rostov-on-Don crash would be “absolutely transparent”.
“For the moment, the most probable reason is terrible weather conditions with very strong wind and rain,” Mr Efimov said.
Courtesy: The National