US aircraft carrying Russia fire aid land in Moscow: TV

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Two US transport aircraft carrying aid including water talks and fire-protective clothing arrived in Moscow on Saturday to help Russia battle its worst ever wildfires, state television said.

The two US Air Force C-130 planes touched down at Vnukovo airport in the early hours of the morning, television pictures showed.

They are expected to be followed by two more C-130 flights later Saturday as well as a charter flight from the US state of California.

According to the US State Department, the total value of the US support is around 4.5 million dollars.

The delivery follows a promise by US President Barack Obama to his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in a telephone call that Washington was sending firefighting equipment to help Russia.

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