Turkey Praises Russia for Selfless Aid in Battling Wildfires

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The President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday, according to Turkey’s Communications Directorate, Daily Sabah reported.

Per a statement, Erdogan praised Putin for allocating five firefighting planes and three additional helicopters to help Turkey battle wildfires throughout the nation.

According to the statement, Putin also hoped for a fast recovery in Turkey. The two presidents also addressed issues that will strengthen Turkey-Russia relations, according to the report.

The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations also announced that 11 air vehicles will be dispatched to Turkey to combat wildfires.

A total of 11 airplanes will be dispatched to Turkey at the request of the Turkish government to extinguish wildfires near residential units and tourism sites, according to a written statement from the ministry.

It also said that the set of aircrafts belongs to the Russian Defense Ministry and the Ministry of Emergency Situations.

Since Wednesday, six people have died as a result of wildfires around the country.