Moscow asks Japan to speed up red tape for rescuers

In Moscow, Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoigu has met with the Japanese Ambassador to Russia Masaharu Kono and asked him to speed up formalities needed to bring Russian rescue teams to Japan.

Seventy-nine Russian rescuers are already searching for survivors in the city of Sendai, the worst-hit by the March 11 earthquake. Two more rescue teams are awaiting departure at an airport in Khabarovsk in far-eastern Russia.

“I hope they will reach Japan in the coming hours,” said Mr. Shoigu. He offered to send dog specialists too to “make the rescue efforts more effective”.

Leave a comment