2019-04-19 18:06:00

Russia ready to help France with Notre Dame fire inquiry - emergency minister

Moscow, April 19, Interfax - The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry is prepared to send its specialists to Paris to establish what caused the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral, Minister Yevgeny Zinichev said during a meeting with French Ambassador Sylvie Bermann in Moscow on Friday.

"If needs be, the Emergency Situations Ministry of Russia is ready to send its specialists to Paris with the necessary equipment for providing assistance in establishing the causes of the fire and assessing the resilience of the damaged buildings and structures of the cathedral," Zinichev was quoted by the ministry's press service as saying at the meeting.

The pair also discussed the main areas of bilateral cooperation in emergency prevention and protection and retraining of rescue specialists.