Turkish president thanks Russian counterpart for supporting fight against wildfires
Putin wishes Turkey speedy recovery due to massive forest fires
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over the phone, Turkey's Communications Directorate said on Saturday.
Erdogan thanked Putin for Russia's allocation of five firefighting aircraft and three more helicopters for supporting Turkey's fight against forest fires across the country, according to a statement.
Putin also wished a speedy recovery to Turkey, the statement said.
Issues that will improve Turkey-Russia relations were also discussed by the two leaders, it added.
Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry also said 11 air vehicles would be sent to Turkey to fight the forest fires.
At the request of the Turkish government, a total of 11 aircraft will be sent to Turkey to put out the forest fires near residential units and tourist areas, said the ministry in a written statement.
The group of air vehicles belongs to the Russian Defense Ministry and the Emergency Situations Ministry, it also noted.
The country's death toll due to forest fires since July 28 rose to six.
Turkish Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli earlier on Saturday noted on Twitter that the country contained most of the forest fires, saying the efforts were underway to take the remaining 10 forest fires under control.
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