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02 March 2017, 09:20

Belarus, Ukraine sign agreements on joint emergency prevention, response

MINSK, 2 March (BelTA) – Belarus' Emergencies Ministry and the State Emergency Service of Ukraine signed a package of documents on cooperation, BelTA has learned.

The documents were signed by the heads of the emergencies agencies of the two countries Vladimir Vashchenko and Nikolai Chechetkin.

In particular, the Belarusian Government and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine signed the agreement on cooperation in aviation search and rescue, the regulations on the interaction and exchange of information between the national center for control and response to emergencies of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry and the emergency response department of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine.

The parties agreed to cooperate in prevention and response to emergencies, joint search and rescue, assistance in emergency situations and to hold joint exercises and training. Particular attention will be given to the rapid exchange of information.

“Emergency situations do not have borders. This is why it is so important for us to know the level of preparedness of the Ukrainian and Belarusian units for participation in joint rescue operations in the two states and beyond. In case of flood risks, Ukraine could assist in the delivery of humanitarian aid, water pumping equipment, personnel, and everything necessary for effective rescue operations. This is a big plan that we need to fulfill. After all, our main task is to prevent and timely respond to emergencies,” Nikolai Chechetkin said.

The plan of joint action is designed to run until 2020.

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