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RF to invests tens of millions of US dollars in humanitarian projects in Serbia

April 26, 2012, 7:01 UTC+3
Puchkov also said that the Russian Emergencies Ministry would deploy a unit of Il-76 and Be-200 planes in Serbia during the fire season
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NIS, Serbia, April 26 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia plans to invest several dozen million U.S. dollars in humanitarian projects in Serbia in the next couple of years, Deputy Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov said.

He attended the opening ceremony at the Humanitarian Centre for Emergency Situation in the Serbian city of Nis on Wednesday, April 25.

“Approved plans for the next several years envisions investments in the centre and humanitarian projects to be carried out in the field of safety and natural and industrial disaster risk reduction,” he said.

The money will be used for the development of the centre, the training of personnel, provision of humanitarian aid, and other purposes.

Puchkov also said that the Russian Emergencies Ministry would deploy a unit of Il-76 and Be-200 planes in Serbia during the fire season. They may be reinforced with Mui-26 and Mi-78 helicopters, if need be.

Earlier this week, three trucks of the Russian Emergencies Ministry brought humanitarian aid to the Serbian city of Nis.

“A column of the 179th rescue Centre of the Russian Emergencies Ministry has successfully arrived in the city of Nis, brining 36 tonnes of cargoes for replenishing supplies of the joint Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Centre,” Counsellor Pyotr Frolov of the Russian Embassy in Serbia told Itar-Tass.

The aid includes heaters, blankets, rescue and emergency kits, mobile power plants, boats, pumps and dams.

An Emergencies Ministry plane with medicines and medical equipment will arrive in Nis on Tuesday, April 24. The supplies will be distributed among medical facilities of North Kosovo.

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