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Putin appreciates Trump for offering help to battle Siberian wildfires

Washington, Aug 1 US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a phone conversation regarding bilateral trade and the raging wildfires in Russia’s Siberia.

Trump offered Putin assistance in fighting vast wildfires in Siberia during a phone call on Wednesday, the Kremlin said in a statement.

Putin considered the offer as the gesture towards warmer relations between both countries, the Kremlin wrote.

The phone conversation took place on the “initiative of the American side,” the Kremlin added.
The White House confirmed the two leaders had spoken. They discussed wildfires and “trade between the two countries,” Deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said.

According to latest data from the Russian Aerial Forest Protection Service, by Wednesday, fires were raging on an area of nearly 3 million hectares and active extinguishing activities were going on for an area of 107,123 hectares.

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