Turkey, Kazakhstan discuss defense cooperation

Kazakhstan and Turkey on Wednesday discussed ways to enhance bilateral defense cooperation, Kazakhstan's Defense Ministry said.

In a statement, it said the representatives of the two countries' defense ministries spoke via video conferencing.

They pointed out that radiation, chemical, and biological defense are new areas of bilateral cooperation, the press release said, adding that the parties also talked about training of specialists in new cooperation areas, as well as combat training.

Turkey’s unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are playing a key role in battling forest fires now raging in various parts of Turkey.

Turkish Armed Forces use UAVs to extinguishing time to fight forest fires.

The UAVs flew for 462 hours to support extinguishing efforts.

A total of 152 fires have been contained since they started burning last Wednesday in Turkey, according to the country’s agriculture and forestry minister.

Bekir Pakdemirli said 16 airplanes, nine UAVs, 51 helicopters, one unmanned aerial helicopter, 805 water tankers, and 5,200 personnel are battling the blazes.

He pledged support to victims and said 2,219 farmers in five provinces, 18 districts and 78 villages have been affected.

At least eight people have also lost their lives in the wildfires.

Source: AA

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