Two firefighting planes and a firefighting helicopter sent by Turkey to fight the ongoing forest fires in Greece have arrived in the capital, Athens.
On the instructions of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, two amphibious firefighting aircraft and a firefighting helicopter belonging to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry arrived in Athens this morning with a flight crew of 9 people on board.
After operations at Athens Eleftherios Venizelos Airport, the aircraft and the 9-man team moved to Dhekelia Military Air Base.
The welcoming ceremony held here was attended by Turkey’s Ambassador to Athens Çatay Erciyes, Greek Deputy Minister of Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Evangelos Tornas and Diplomatic Adviser to Minister of Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Dimitris Azimopoulos.
In a statement from the Presidency’s Communications Directorate, “An amphibious and highly maneuverable amphibious aircraft and firefighting helicopter produced with local and national resources will be used in the neighboring country to respond to forest fires in Greece.” expressions were used.
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