MOSCOW, April 16 -- Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has offered French President Emmanuel Macron the help of the best Russian specialists in rebuilding the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.
Also Putin conveyed his condolences over the fire that damaged France’s national symbol, the Kremlin press office reported on Tuesday. "The Notre Dame is France’s historical symbol, an invaluable treasure of the European and world culture, one of the most important Christian shrines," Putin stressed in his telegram. "The disaster that happened in Paris at night caused pain in the hearts of Russians," the telegram reads. "Putin has expressed the hope that it will be possible to rebuild the cathedral and offered to send the best Russian specialists with the extensive experience of restoring world cultural heritage monuments, including the works of medieval architecture, to France," the Kremlin press office said.