US specialists arrive in Moscow to help put out wildfires
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 16:18
Washington: A group of specialists from the US government has arrived in Moscow to help the country fighting wildfires, a top American official has said.

The arrival of the team of US experts comes after a telephone conversation last Friday between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, during which an offer to help fight against the fires was made, State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said at a briefing yesterday.

He said it was the US initiative to help Russia. In reply to a query whether Russia had asked for that, he said - no, it was Washington's offer to help.

If Russia decides that it needs international assistance, the USA will welcome an opportunity to take part, he stressed.

The specialists are from the US Agency for International Development. Crowley said the American team had already met with Russian colleagues.

Besides, he said the US Embassy in Moscow had sent a telegram to the Department of State asking for permission to let diplomats' children and other persons whose health is affected by smog leave the capital for a while.

Crowley said Washington looks into the situation and would shortly give an answer.


First Published: Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 16:18

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