On 12 February 2018, SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov sent a letter of condolences and words of support to Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the People's Republic of China Andrei Denisov.
The letter reads:
"Mr Denisov, we were shocked to learn about the 11 February 2018 crash of the Saratov Airlines An-148 passenger airliner in the Moscow Region that caused numerous fatalities, including of women and children.
"The Secretariat of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation offers condolences to the people and Government of the Russian Federation. Please convey our sincere sympathy to the families and friends of the deceased.
With respect and sincere condolences,
SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov."