“Mr Prime Minister,
We are deeply shocked by the Columbia tragedy and the death of your astronaut Illan Ramon.
In Russia, we know that space exploration is a new and complicated human activity. This work encompasses both dazzling victories and severe losses. But we will always remember those who devoted their lives to the progress of humankind. The name of the first Israeli astronaut is among them. Mr Sharon, please, convey our sincere condolences and support to the friends and relatives of Illan Ramon and to the people of Israel.”