Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the government to provide humanitarian aid to the typhoon-hit Vietnam and ordered to allocate $5 million to assist the Asian nation, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.

According to the spokesman, Putin has held a conversation with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov and Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov focusing on the problems of Vietnam affected by a severe typhoon that has resulted in over 60 deaths and evacuation of thousands.

“Taking into consideration this information [about the typhoon’s impact] and the held meetings, the head of the state has ordered the government to provide [Hanoi] with humanitarian aid, to carry out a humanitarian operation. In light of this after the report of Minister Puchkov, the Il-76 aircraft with humanitarian aid is being prepared for departure to Vietnam,” Peskov said, adding that the president ordered to provide Vietnam with $5 million in aid.

Peskov stated that Moscow hoped that the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member states would also contribute to the provision of aid to Vietnam.

“The president and Russia assume that this initiative would be heard and the states that would participate in the APEC summit in Vietnam’s city of Da Nang later this week will side with the Vietnamese nation to the extent that they will consider possible,” the official added. – Sputnik