The decision of Russia to send aviation to Turkey to help extinguish forest fires is dictated by the concern for Russian tourists who are on vacation in Turkish resorts, explained Vladimir Burmatov, head of the State Duma Committee on Ecology and Environmental Protection. His quotes edition “Rise”.
“It is clear that now those who are fighting fires in Yakutia, Karelia and other regions are really working to the limit of their capabilities, but there are now a large number of our citizens in Turkey. We sent one plane to help protect our citizens, ”he said.
This is how the parliamentarian responded to criticism regarding the decision to send a combined air group of the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the Russian Ministry of Defense in the amount of 11 pieces of equipment to Turkey.
“Do you want one of our citizens to die there?” He added.
Earlier on July 31, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared the regions of the country affected by forest fires as a disaster zone. In particular, we are talking about areas in the provinces of Adana, Antalya, Mugla, Mersin and Osmaniyya.
At the end of July, forest fires broke out throughout Turkey. The flame reached the tourist province of Antalya, in particular, the popular resorts of Bodrum and Marmaris were affected. More than 42 settlements were on fire, at least 183 people were injured from the fire. No injured Russians were reported.