Russia ready to send rescue team to A320 crash scene in France

The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry has offered assistance to France in running the search and rescue operation following the crash of an A320 airliner, the ministry informed Interfax on Tuesday.

The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry has offered assistance to France in running the search and rescue operation following the crash of an A320 airliner, the ministry informed Interfax on Tuesday.

An official letter has been referred to the French interior minister.

"Pursuant to the 1999 agreement on cooperation in civil defense and in preventing emergencies, the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry is ready to send special equipment to the scene of the disaster," the ministry said in a statement received by Interfax.

Russian rescue services have vast experience in running search and rescue operations in the mountains, and have special equipment at their disposal, it said.

An A320 passenger liner, belonging to the Germanwings air company, on a flight from Spain to Germany, crashed in the mountains on Tuesday.

There were 150 people aboard the plane, including 144 passengers and six crew, Germanwings reported.

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