Dendias offers to send rescue personnel to help trapped people in Smyrni after earthquake

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Despite the tense relations between Athens and Ankara at the moment after the latter's continual attempt to steal oil and gas from Greece's continental shelf, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias has offered to send rescue personnel to Smyrni (Σμύρνη, Turkish: İzmir) on the Turkish mainland.

"After the earthquake that hit Samos and Smyrni, the Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias contacted his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and expressed the readiness of Greek government to send rescue personnel to Turkey immediately to help free trapped citizens," the Greek Foreign Ministry announced in a tweet.

A powerful earthquake with its epicenter to the north of Samos and estimated to be 6.6 on the Richter scale rocked both Greece and Turkey earlier today, as reported by Greek City Times.

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Earthquake just north of Samos.

The devastation was so large that the Panagia Theotokou Church in Karlovasi partially collapsed.

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Panagia Theotokou in Karlovasi.

In addition to the assistance offered by Dendias, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis reached out to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to offer condolences.

"I just called President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to offer my condolences for the tragic loss of life from the earthquake that struck both our countries. Whatever our differences, these are times when our people need to stand together," he said on Twitter.