Turkey will send firefighting aircraft to Greece


Turkey announced that it will send two firefighting aircraft and a firefighting helicopter to fight the ongoing fires in Greece, according to a statement from the Directorate of Communication of the Turkish presidency.

"Following the instructions of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, 2 firefighting planes and 1 firefighting helicopter registered in the General Directorate of Forestry of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry along with their crews will be sent to Greece.

Amphibious aircraft with effective maneuverability and a fire-fighting helicopter produced with domestic and national resources will be used in Greece to deal with fires," the Communication Directorate's post on Twitter states.

It is recalled that Greece was one of the first countries to be on the side of the earthquake victims of Turkey, sending two Search and Rescue teams.

On the order of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greece had made available for the relief of the affected and to meet the needs that arose, health and medical equipment and basic necessities such as 7,500 blankets, 1,500 beds and 500 tents.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, in his posts, thanked the countries that responded to Greece's request for help.

Via Twitter, the prime minister thanked one by one the countries that sent aircraft and firefighters and participated in the effort to contain the fire fronts.

“rescEU and UCPM have once more proved their immense value in times of need. We are grateful to all the countries that sent help to fight the forest fires in Greece. Your contribution has been invaluable. In trying times, our Union stands together in solidarity. Thank you., wrote Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

"I want to express our thanks to France for sending two firefighting planes. They have been vital in this difficult fight against forest fires. France, you have our gratitude!” he added.

Afterwards, Mr. Mitsotakis thanked Italy, which sent two firefighting planes. Similar is the message to Romania, which we joined in the extinguishing with 130 firefighters and 25 vehicles.

Mr. Mitsotakis posted separate tweets with "thank you" to all countries: Slovakia, Poland, Cyprus, Croatia, Bulgaria and Malta.

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