MOSCOW, April 6 (Xinhua) -- Russia will send relief aid to quake-stricken Italy at the order of President Dmitry Medvedev, local media reported Monday.
The Russian president conveyed in a telegram condolences to Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi over the loss of lives in the earthquake, the Interfax news agency reported, citing the Kremlin.
Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi, who was scheduled to visit Moscow Monday, has postponed the visit and went to the quake-hit areas instead.
The earthquake struck central Italy in the early hours Monday morning, killing at least 50 people.
Medvedev received with understanding Berlusconi's decision, and has instructed "the Emergency Situations Ministry to get in touch with Italian colleagues and provide all necessary aid to deal with the aftermath of the disaster," said Medvedev's press secretary Natalya Timakova.
The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said it is ready to send the relief aid.
"At the order of the Russian president, the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry is ready to send specialists to Italy to assist the work to deal with the aftermath of the earthquake," said ministry spokesperson Irina Andrianova.