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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Russia Joins Probe into Iranian President’s Helicopter Crash

Russia has expressed readiness to assist Iran in investigating the recent helicopter crash involving Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

The crash, which occurred during Raisi’s return from an inauguration ceremony for a dam near the Azerbaijan border, has raised significant concern and garnered international attention.

On Sunday, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced on X (formerly Twitter) that Moscow is prepared to offer any assistance in locating the missing helicopter and determining the cause of the incident. She stated, “Russia is ready to provide all necessary assistance in the search for the missing helicopter and the investigation of the causes of the incident.” Zakharova emphasized that they are closely monitoring the situation and hoping for the safe recovery of those on board.

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Reports suggest that Russia will send two advanced aircraft equipped with special helicopters and 50 professional mountain rescuers to join Iranian teams in their ongoing search operations for a crashed helicopter carrying the Iranian president and his team.

The helicopter carrying President Raisi and his delegation, including Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, reportedly landed hard due to adverse weather conditions. The Iranian Red Crescent Society noted that the incident occurred between Kaleybar and Varzaqan.

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The world watches as Iranian and Russian authorities collaborate to uncover the truth behind a mysterious crash, hoping for clarity and the safe recovery of all involved. This joint effort not only aims to resolve the crisis but also has the potential to strengthen bilateral ties in pursuit of safety and transparency.