Greece asked Russia to provide two Il-76 aircraft and two Mi-8 helicopters to extinguish forest fires. The request was granted immediately.
The agreement on further strengthening the Greek firefighters was made during a telephone conversation between Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Mishustin, and the details were clarified by Deputy Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis and Russian Minister of Transport Vitaly Savelyev.
“Varvitsiotis thanked Savelyev for the direct and practical support of Russia in the difficult times that his country is going through, and clarified the request of the Greek side to send two Russian Il-76 aircraft and two Mi-8 helicopters, which will help even more in extinguishing fires,” TASS report.
It is noted that Savelyev expressed his sincere support for Greece. One of the two IL-76 aircraft will be permanently based in Athens, and the other in Thessaloniki.
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“By the decision of President Vladimir Putin, the request for an emergency delivery from Russia of additional equipment for firefighting from the air, which was recently handed over by Prime Minister K. Mitsotakis and Minister of Foreign Affairs N. Dendias to their Russian colleagues, was satisfied. The response was immediate, ”the Russian Embassy in Athens tweeted.
✈️ Με απόφαση του Προέδρου Βλαντίμιρ Πούτιν, το αίτημα για έκτακτη αποστολή επιπλέον εναέριων μέσων πυρόσβεσης από τη Ρωσία, που μετέφεραν πριν από λίγο ο Πρωθυπουργός Κ.Μητσοτακης και ο ΥΠΕΞ Ν.Δενδιας στους Ρώσους ομολόγους τους, έγινε δεκτό.
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– Rus Embassy, Greece (@RFEmbassyGr) August 9, 2021