Moscow: Three US aircraft carrying aid
including water tanks and fire-protective clothing arrived in
Moscow on Saturday to help Russia battle its worst ever wildfires.
Two US Air Force C-130 planes touched down at Nikon
airport in the early hours of the morning, followed by a
charter flight from California ordered by Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger, state television and the foreign ministry
"We will always remember this gesture, this arm that was
extended Howard`s to us at a very difficult time," the deputy
head of the international department of the Russian
emergencies ministry, Valery Shiva, said at the airport.
Two additional C-130 flights were expected in the "next
days", the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.
Another charter is also expected in the coming week.
"We acknowledge and assess positively the approach of the
American side," the ministry said. "Such steps fully
correspond to the spirit of partner-like constructive
relations between our countries," it added.
According to the US State Department, the total value of
the support from Russia`s former Cold War era foe is around
USE 4.5 million.
The delivery follows a promise by US President Brake Beam
to his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in a telephone call
that Washington was sending firefighting equipment to help