US sending aid to help Russia firefight effort: White House

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US President Barack Obama told his counterpart Dmitry Medvedev that he was sending firefighting equipment and other aid to help Russia battle wildfires that have ravaged parts of the country, the White House said Friday.

"President Obama called President Medvedev yesterday to express his deepest condolences for the tragic losses that Russia has suffered in the recent wildfires," the White House said in a statement.

"USAID, the Department of Defense, the US Forest Service, and the state of California are mobilizing firefighting equipment and airlift to assist Russia in combating the wildfires."

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