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Lithuania: Russian help rejected as UNESCO site burns

Lithuania, Lithuania
April 26, 2014 at 05:20 GMT +00:00 · Published

Lithuania: Russian help rejected as UNESCO site burns

Fire fighters attended to the aftermath of a fire at the UNESCO World Heritage Curonian Spit in Lithuania on Saturday. Despite Russian security forces expressing a willingness to provide emergency assistance, Lithuanian authorities allegedly rejected the offer and instead requested help from Poland and Latvia.

It is believed Russian emergency services from the neighbouring Kaliningrad Oblast could have reached the destination within 30 minutes. Over 60 hectares of land have been destroyed in the blaze, which began on Friday.

Russia and Lithuania have agreements on cross-border assistance in emergency situations.

Lithuania: Russian help rejected as UNESCO site burns00:55
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Lithuania: Russian help rejected as UNESCO site burns

Fire fighters attended to the aftermath of a fire at the UNESCO World Heritage Curonian Spit in Lithuania on Saturday. Despite Russian security forces expressing a willingness to provide emergency assistance, Lithuanian authorities allegedly rejected the offer and instead requested help from Poland and Latvia.

It is believed Russian emergency services from the neighbouring Kaliningrad Oblast could have reached the destination within 30 minutes. Over 60 hectares of land have been destroyed in the blaze, which began on Friday.

Russia and Lithuania have agreements on cross-border assistance in emergency situations.

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