Greek, Russian civil emergency ministers agree on deeper cooperation over disasters

Greek, Russian civil emergency ministers agree on deeper cooperation over disasters

The civil emergency ministers of Greece and Russia discussed the strengthening of the two countries' collaboration, at an e-meeting they held on Thursday.

Deputy Minister for Civil Protection & Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias stressed that in the context of reforming Greece's Civil Protection Secretariat, it is a priority to seek the exchange of expertise, know-how and good practices, particularly as Russia has advanced technology and experience in this sector. He also spoke of the need for joint exercises and training, and of a close cooperation across the spectrum of disaster management, from prevention to restoration of damage.

Hardalias and the Russian Deputy Minister for Civil Defense, Emergencies & Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters (EMERCOM), Alexander Chupriyan, agreed to hold the first meeting of the two countries' joint committee soon, to implement the Greece-Russia agreement on cooperation in the field of prevention and response to natural and man-made disasters.

Chupriyan proposed that Greece becomes a member of the International Sport Federation of Firefighters & Rescuers, which Hardalias accepted.

Visits to both countries by delegations on all matters pertaining to civil protection will follow as soon as circumstances allow it, the ministers said.


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