Russian PM Putin Praises Bulgarian Firemen

Diplomacy | August 9, 2010, Monday // 13:20|  views

Russian PM, Vladimir Putin (r), told his Bulgarian counterpart, Boyko Boriosv (l), he applauds the professionalism and the dedication of the Bulgarian fire fighters taking part in the international rescue operations near Moscow. Photo by BGNES

The Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, thanked Monday his Bulgarian counterpart, Boyko Borisov, for the timely help in extinguishing wildfires ravaging Moscow suburbs for days now.

Putin took the initiative on Monday to make a phone call to Borisov in offering highest marks for the professionalism and the dedication of the 92 Bulgarian fire fighters and the 3 doctors taking part in the international rescue operations.

“Bulgaria extended great help to us; this is a superior moral gesture,” the Russian PM said.

Borisov, on his part, offered Bulgaria to accept for rehabilitation children and firemen who have been hurt by the blaze.

Bulgaria’s EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, had been present during the conversation and had informed Putin of the measures the European Commission is undertaking to help Russia.

Moscow has been smothered for days by dense smog created by wildfires and the concentration of harmful substances in the air is exceeding the norm 7 times.

Meanwhile, the Russian RIA Novosti, citing the Russian cabinet’s press center, informs that another topic of discussion have been the much debated energy projects – the second Bulgarian Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in the Danube town of Belene and the Russian gas pipeline South Stream.

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Tags: Boyko Borisov, Vladimir Putin, Moscow, Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, wildfires, fire, smoke, airports, Bulgarian firemen


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