President Peres thanked the Russian delegation for their help in extinguishing the worst fire in the country’s history 

 President Peres meets with the Russian Emergency and Disaster Relief Delegation

 

President Peres meets with the Russian Emergency and Disaster Relief Delegation (Photo: GPO)

(Communicated by the President’s Spokesperson)

President Peres thanks the Russian Emergency and Disaster Relief Delegation:
“On behalf of all Israelis, I thank you for your bravery and dedication in extinguishing the worst fire in our nation’s history”

Deputy Minister Plat, Head of the Russian Delegation:
“With a coordinated effort, we quickly overcame the danger you were facing”

President Shimon Peres hosted the Russian Civil Defense, Emergency and Disaster Relief Delegation headed by Deputy Minister Pavel Plat in his office today.  The delegation, which arrived in Israel to help fight the Carmel Mountain fire with special aircraft, is planning to return to Russia today. 

President Peres shook the hands of each of the 24 officers, pilots, firefighters and support staff who worked intensely over the past few days fighting the fire.  The President said: “During this rescue operation we saw Russia and America together in the skies of Israel.  We saw our neighbors the Palestinians, Jordanians and Egyptians working together.  It inspired us.  Indirectly it was a demonstration of Peace.  I thank you again for coming.  We also thank President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin for their efforts.”

Deputy Minister Pavel said in response: “We came to Israel with one goal and purpose, to join in the efforts to extinguish the fire.  We are very pleased that with the coordinated effort we quickly overcame the danger you were facing.  We invested great efforts, from all our hearts, and on behalf of the Russian Delegation I thank you for this warm reception.  Thank you to the IDF, Israeli Air force and all of the forces that we worked together with.  Russia will always extend a helping hand during international crisis.  This kind of cooperation greatly helps relations between Russia and Israel.”