Russian Defense Ministry

Eight of theRussian Aircraft Crew Crashed in Turkey Were Killed

All those on board of the Be-200 amphibious aircraft that crashed in Turkey were killed, the Russian Defense Ministry told reporters on Saturday.

"The five crew members of the Russian Be-200 aircraft that crashed in the Republic of Turkey and three citizens of the Republic of Turkey who were pointing out fire locations were killed," the ministry said.

No survivors of firefighting plane crash in southern Turkey

A firefighting plane linked to Turkey's General Directorate of Forestry crashed in the southern province of Kahramanmaraş on Aug. 14, killing all eight people on board.


Contact was lost with the plane which had been rented from Russia to help Turkey's efforts to contain a forest fire in Kahramanmaraş, Governor Ömer Faruk Coşkun told Anadolu Agency.

Erdoğan thanks Russian counterpart for supporting fight against wildfires

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over the phone, Turkey's Communications Directorate said on July 31. 


Erdogan thanked Putin for Russia's allocation of five firefighting aircraft and three more helicopters for supporting Turkey's fight against forest fires across the country, according to a statement.

Smear Campaign against Russian Sputnik V Vaccine Funded from Abroad

An information campaign against the Russian coronavirus vaccine bankrolled from abroad is underway, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov told reporters.

"We know in detail what funds and resources have been earmarked from abroad to discredit the domestic vaccine in the world and in Russia," he said.

Russia Sends Medical Aid to Nagorny Karabakh, Military Doctors Help Civilians


First groups of the Eastern Military District's special-purpose medical unit arrived in Stepanakert, the capital of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh republic, to provide medical assistance to the local population, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday.