Turkey sends aid to Russian Far East

Turkey on Thursday sent humanitarian aid to Russia’s Far East on Thursday amid fears that the region will be affected by fallout from damaged reactors at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

“The plane arrived in Vladivostok at 06:00 a.m. local time [Wednesday 20:00 GMT],” local Red Cross head Nadezhda Ilyina said. “It brought 17 tons of aid, including bed blankets and personal hygiene items.”

Japanese troops are trying to avert a nuclear disaster by spraying water at four of Fukushima’s six reactors that were damaged by blasts and fires in the days following Friday’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami.

Russian officials have so far dismissed fears that the radiation will spread to Russia’s Pacific coast and advised people against taking anti-radiation medication.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was in Moscow on Wednesday for talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.


VLADIVOSTOK, March 17 (RIA Novosti)

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