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Bolivia: Russian aircraft Ilyushin arrives for fight against Amazon fires

Bolivia, Plurinational State of, Santa Cruz
September 10, 2019 at 01:42 GMT +00:00 · Published

A Russian aircraft capable of carrying 50,000 litres of water arrived in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz on Monday for its mission to stop fires in the Amazon rainforest.

The Ilyushin IL-76 landed at Viru Viru airport, where Bolivian President Evo Morales and local authorities were waiting for the Russian crew. They were then taken for a press conference with the Russian consul Iakov Fedorov.

"Brother consul, I wish you to convey our tremendous satisfaction for this co-operation; the pilots and technicians have been leaving the family, leaving their homeland, leaving their responsibilities to help us in Bolivia, that is being human," said Morales.

The Russian firefighting aircraft is expected to join forces fighting the blazes alongside the converted Boeing 747 super tanker that the government rented, and teams of firefighters sent by France and neighbouring countries.

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A Russian aircraft capable of carrying 50,000 litres of water arrived in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz on Monday for its mission to stop fires in the Amazon rainforest.

The Ilyushin IL-76 landed at Viru Viru airport, where Bolivian President Evo Morales and local authorities were waiting for the Russian crew. They were then taken for a press conference with the Russian consul Iakov Fedorov.

"Brother consul, I wish you to convey our tremendous satisfaction for this co-operation; the pilots and technicians have been leaving the family, leaving their homeland, leaving their responsibilities to help us in Bolivia, that is being human," said Morales.

The Russian firefighting aircraft is expected to join forces fighting the blazes alongside the converted Boeing 747 super tanker that the government rented, and teams of firefighters sent by France and neighbouring countries.

W/S Russian aircraft 'Ilyushin IL-76' approaching airport, Santa Cruz

W/S Aircraft taxiing

M/S Aircraft taxiing

M/S Soldiers holding Bolivian, Russian and Wiphala flags

W/S Russian aircraft 'Ilyushin IL-76'

M/S Bolivian President Evo Morales and Bolivian authorities waiting at airport

M/S Russian aircrew disembarking

W/S Russian aircrew disembarking

C/U Morales and Bolivian authorities waiting at airport

W/S Morales and Bolivian authorities heading to greet Russian aircrew

M/S Morales and Bolivian authorities greeting Russian aircrew

W/S Morales and Bolivian authorities and Russian aircrew

M/S Morales and Bolivian authorities and Russian aircrew

M/S Soldiers walking away from plane while carrying flags

SOT, Iakov Fedorov, Russian consul in Bolivia (Spanish): "This plane that arrived and the aircrew are very experienced, and before Mr President and the people of Bolivia, I can guarantee that the fire will be extinguished."

W/S Russian aircraft 'Ilyushin IL-76' *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Evo Morales, Bolivian President (Spanish): "Mother Earth may exist better without human beings, but men cannot live without Mother Earth, it is everyone's responsibility to fight these kind of problems together."

C/U Airport workers *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Evo Morales, Bolivian President (Spanish): "Brother consul, I wish you to convey our tremendous satisfaction for this co-operation; the pilots and technicians have been leaving the family, leaving their homeland, leaving their responsibilities to help us in Bolivia, that is being human. We want to greet the international aid that comes unconditionally to help us defend the rights of Mother Earth."

W/S Soldiers at airport

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