Russia offers aid to help Mongolia fight extreme cold.


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1Russia offers aid to help Mongolia fight extreme cold .
2Russia on Friday pledged to help Mongolia tackle the extreme cold weather that triggered a livestock disaster in the nation .
3Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Russia would provide 50,000 tons of wheat fodder to Mongolia , the Press and Information Service of the Mongolian government reported .
4The decision came after consultations with regional authorities of Russia , Putin said during a telephone conversation with his Mongolian counterpart Sukhbaataryn Batbold .
5Batbold thanked Putin on behalf of the Mongolian people and the government for paying attention to Mongolia 's efforts in fighting the natural disaster .
6The prime ministers also exchanged views on Mongolia-Russia economic relations and bilateral cooperation .
7Mongolia has been hit by weeks of persistent snow and temperatures below minus 50 Celsius .
8According to U.N. statistics , at least 2.7 million heads of livestock have been killed by cold weather in Mongolia .
9The extreme weather also isolated herders and villages from food , fuel and medical care .