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Russia sends convoy with humanitarian aid to Kosovo Serbs

December 10, 2011, 9:03 UTC+3

It is already the second convoy, sent by the Ministry for Emergencies to Serbia

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MOSCOW, December 10 (Itar-Tass) — The Russian Ministry for Emergencies sent another motor convoy with humanitarian aid to Kosovo Serbs, Itar-Tass learnt at the ministry’s public relations service on Saturday.

“A motor convoy with another batch of humanitarian aid set out at 06.00 MT on Saturday from the 179th rescue centre of the ministry in the city of Noginsk, Moscow Region, to Serbia,” the ministry’s spokesman said.

According to the spokesman, the convoy will bring Serbian citizens diesel power plants, stoves, sets of folding furniture, household heaters, blankets and sets of linins. The total weight of humanitarian aid is 160 tonnes.

It is already the second convoy, sent by the Ministry for Emergencies to Serbia.

A convoy of 25 trucks left Noginsk on December 7. It carries power plants, blankets, foods, kitchenware and field furniture. The total weight of this humanitarian cargo is 284 tonnes.

The route of the convoy passes the territories of Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Serbia.

Last November the ministry’s plane, Il-76, brought a batch of humanitarian aid to the Serbian city of Nis: foodstuffs, compact ovens and sets of kitchenware with a total weight of 36 tonnes. They were brought to Kosovo by the national division of the International Red Cross Committee and distributed among the needy.

Besides, Russia helped Serbia this year in putting out wildfires, dispatching there an amphibian plane Be-200 and a Mi-26 helicopter. The Russian-Serbian Centre for Emergencies in the Balkans was opened in the Serbian city of Nis last October.

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