Greece on the phone with Cyprus, Israel and Russia over fires


The President and Prime Minister of Greece  continue to receive messages of support from countries assisting the firefighting efforts during these devastating times, whilst expressing  gratitude on behalf of the people of Greece.

The President of the Republic of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiadis contacted yesterday the Greek President  Katerina Sakellaropoulou and expressed the support of the Cypriot people for the challenges Greece is facing in battling the multiple fire fronts.

Mrs. Sakellaropoulou thanked Mr. Anastasiadis for the support and help sent by 'sister' Cyprus.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had telephone conversations yesterday with both the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin and the Prime Minister of Israel Naftali Bennett, whom  he thanked for their generous support in the battle against the fires.

Mitsotakis thanked the Russian Prime Minister for the availability of the Beriev Be-200, which has contributed and continues to contribute to the fight against fires, while discussing the possibility of providing additional assistance by air.

Finally, the Greek PM talked with the Prime Minister of Israel Naftali Bennett, whom he also thanked for the significant firefighting assistance.

Israel has sent 16 firefighters, who arrived in Greece on Friday, August 6, while today 2 Air-Tractor firefighting aircraft are expected to land, which will be accompanied by a transport aircraft transporting firefighting materials.

For his part, Mr. Bennett expressed his support and solidarity with Greece and the Greek people during these difficult times. The two Prime Ministers reaffirmed the excellent level of bilateral relations between Greece and Israel, which is expressed, moreover, through the direct communication of the two sides and the significant assistance provided by Israel to Greece.

Finally, there was a complete agreement between the two Prime Ministers that the severe weather and the occurrence of multiple fire fronts in many countries in the region highlight the greatest challenge of climate change, a phenomenon for which the international community must intensify its joint efforts in facing.

Notably, a total of 21 airborne means of assistance, 1,286 firefighters and 250 vehicles were provided to Greece from friends and allies, with the Civil Protection Authority publishing the detailed list on Monday.


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