Skip to comments.Russia offers help to U.S. after deadly hurricane
Posted on 08/31/2005 9:10:57 AM PDT by jb6
MOSCOW Russia is ready to assist the United States in dealing with the damage caused by hurricane Katrina, which has taken 68 lives so far and left behind a tremendous amount of devastation, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a message to U.S. President George Bush Tuesday.
"Russia deeply sympathizes with Americans, who faced a disaster of such a colossal scale, and is ready to offer necessary assistance," Putin said.
Putin asked Bush to extend his condolences to families and relatives of those killed in the disaster.
"Accept my sincere words of regret in connection with the natural calamity in the USA. I know that hurricane Katrina, which swept the southeast coast of the country, resulted in deaths, left tens of thousands of Americans without roofs over their heads, and caused substantial damage to the region's economy," the message said. /RIA Novosti/
Thank you Russia.
Our appreciation to Russia and its people.
Thanks to Russia for their offer.
FYI..there's a big article in the NY Times today about the Beslan school massacre..it stil hasn't been rebuilt...
Thank you Russia and Germany.
Russia's a superpower with class.
Agreed, atleast someone is stepping up to the plate.
Are they the first to offer help? Weren't they the first on the phone after 9/11?
This I did not expect. Thank you, Russia!
Interesting . . . I have some thoughts on this, but I'd like to sit back and see what some of my fellow Freepers who have had a closer eye on Russian than I have to say first.
Created: 31.08.2005 17:37 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 18:19
The Russian Emergencies Ministry has offered the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency help in conducting search-and-rescue operations after Hurricane Katrina hit the American Gulf Coast and surged northward, RIA Novosti reports.
Two Russian Ilyshin cargo planes with rescue workers, search helicopters and special equipment for off-line operations in disaster areas are on standby at the Ramenskoe aerodrome outside Moscow ready to leave for the United States.
Ministry employees are also ready to participate in the search for and rescue of hurricane victims, including any Russian citizens that may be in the Gulf region.
The Ministry has also offered to send a Russian expert to the rescue headquarters near New Orleans.
Hurricane Katrina that hit the U.S. Monday has left most of New Orleans flooded. In some of the city districts the level of water has risen more than six meters above the ground. Several thousand people remained in the city despite calls for it to be evacuated. Many of them are on rooftops waiting for rescue teams.
Hundreds of people are feared dead in Mississippi and Louisiana following what was described as the most destructive storm to hit the United States in decades
Here's an another opportunity for you two to rag on the Russians.
Well, just d@mn.
Thank you very much, Russia!
Japan has offered help.Where is Canada?
Canada is trying to figure out how to look kindhearted without helping any of the "yanky" scum.
Any chance they have ships that could get there quickly?
Thank you Russkies!
It's good to hear. I know that the Russian people are good folks. Ive gotten several letters of concern from friends in Russia over that last two days.
well....how about that!....
Have we heard from France?/sarcasm off
Germany has not offered help. In fact, they said Katrina was our fault because we did not heed the global warming warnings.
Send hospital boats, generators, buses, pumps, dry food, rescue teams...Now, not in two weeks.
Interesting you should say that. Here's an eye openner. One training project I was managing in the military had a sea lift component. So I go down to Jacksonville Fl to inspect the facilities and there in the middle of the military side of the docks is a huge Russian freighter being loaded up with Marine equipment. Yup, the Russians and Norwegians are the ones shipping us around these days.
You mean without "touching" any of them.
Thanks Russia and Germany!
Did they really? Shaking my head in disbelief. Get our bases out of there and tell them to blame the economic damage on Global Warming too.
They were going to send their navy, but it's not back from a bass fishing trip.
Naw, they still ticked since hearing the rumor the President's appointing John Gibson to serve as Ambassador to France.
You mean they could dock on Bourbon St. pier?
Germany also said Katrina's effects would ripple to the EU and ruin their economy. Oh, well.
This is their vacation month. IIRC, they don't even check in on the elderly they leave behind in historically hot weather. Maybe after they return.
This is great--let the goodwill triumph all the time. Regardless of my overall negative view of Putin, in this case he did a right thing. It would be great if rescuers from Russia, Europe and other places will be invited to participate in the rescue effort. America is always ready to help whenever disaster strikes no matter what the political relations with the affected country.
Yup, lets worry about your own arses in the future now rather then offer to help or worry about your "ally's" sufferring citizens now. Typical of the EU Fourth Reichers.
Yes, they really did say that. I saw the article yesterday...can't find the link for it right now but I totally agree with you. Get our US military out of there pronto!!
Wow. Many thanks.
I'll be really surprised if any of the main EU nations send anyone. The Germans are busy reading us lectures rather then offerring help.
whoo-HOO!! Thanks for posting.
wow never thought they had it in them
Great news - particularly since Russia probably has a lot of equipment and expertise (large cargo planes, heavy helicopters, rescue crews, etc.). As for other countries, I would be willing to bet that most major countries have already been in contact with our government to offer their assistance. One of the problems right now is that there may not be a clear picture of what is needed, and where any aid should be sent.
For example, if Canada is ready to send food and water to the victims, where would they send it? I hope I am wrong, but it seems that things are not yet sufficiently organized or progressing to the point that officials can even direct humanitarian aid to certain locations.
I just this minute got off the phone with my wife who is in Volgograd, Russia. She stated Russians are extremely upset, and are talking about nothing else. They are looking at where they can help.
They did on 912.
Dimes to nickles a certain clique of posters won't touch this with a ten foot IP.
Canada offerred help after 9-11. The people are very kind. Plus, they send us all their models & comedians.
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