Putin approves Greece’s request for additional air aid against wildfires

Greece’s request to Russia for the emergency dispatch of additional aid by air to fight wildfires has been approved by President Vladimir Putin, the Russian Embassy in Greece said in social media on Monday.

In its post on Twitter, the Russian Embassy mentioned that Greeceā€™s request had been put through earlier on Monday by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and by Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias to their respective Russian counterparts Mikhail Mishustin and Sergey Lavrov. They had reportedly also asked for a second Beriev-200 water-dowsing aircraft.

Russia’s response, in practical terms, will be immediate, noted the Russian Embassy.

Apart from a Beriev-200 aircraft currently flying over several wildfires in Greece, Russia has so far dispatched 2 Ilyushin-76 aircraft and 2 Mi8 helicopters to Greece.