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Obama expresses condolences over Russian wildfires

08-14-2010 08:31 BJT Special Report:Forest Fires Ravage Russia |

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama called Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to express his condolences for the losses Russia has suffered because of recent wildfires, the White House said Friday.

"The president told President Medvedev that he is monitoring the situation closely, and that the United States is responding to Russia's request for technical assistance in combating the fires," the White House said in a statement.

The wildfires have been sparked by the hottest summer ever recorded in Russia and Moscow's death rate has doubled to 700 people a day.

The White House says several U.S. agencies, including the Defense Department, and the state of California are airlifing firefighting equipment to Russia to help combat the fires.

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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