Russia is closely monitoring the wildfire situation in Turkey and is in constant touch with the country’s authorities, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told journalists on Friday, APA reports citing TASS.
"We are closely monitoring the situation. The Russian Federation, as you know, provided assistance to the Turkish authorities in order to help them cope with this disaster. Our equipment is deployed there, including Be-200 planes. We are in constant touch with the Turkish government," he said.
"We are proceeding from the fact that the Turkish side has enough resources to ensure the interests and safety of Russian citizens," the senior diplomat added. "Of course, one wouldn’t want to be in the situation when we have to make anti-crisis decisions, but nevertheless, of course, if there is an urgent need, everything possible will be done on our part in order to make the stay of our citizens there safe."
According to the diplomat, the Russian side receives information on the situation not only through the embassy but also through Russian consular representatives in Turkey. "So far they understand that the situation is under control and are praising the interaction with the local authorities," he noted.