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Trudeau Declines International Help in Fighting Alberta Wildfires

© REUTERS / Chris WattieCanada's Liberal leader and Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, October 20, 2015
Canada's Liberal leader and Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, October 20, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau turned down international offers of assistance in tackling the wildfires raging in the province of Alberta, local media reported Tuesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Justin Trudeau says there is no need in foreign assistance in tackling the wildfires: 

​"The good news is from the support that we have seen from Canadians across the country, different provinces sending over waterbombers, engaged in all sorts of different ways, firefighters coming from all across the country to help, there is no need to accept any international assistance at this point," Trudeau told reporters, as quoted by RCI. 

© REUTERSSmoke from wildfires near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada are shown in this satellite photo from NASA taken May 3, 2016.
Smoke from wildfires near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada are shown in this satellite photo from NASA taken May 3, 2016. - Sputnik International
Smoke from wildfires near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada are shown in this satellite photo from NASA taken May 3, 2016.

However, he profoundly thanked international partners who volunteered to help Ottawa deal with the natural disaster.

"One of the things that has been touching over the past days is not just how Canadians have been stepping up from across the country to support their friends in Fort McMurray but how the international community has been affected and responding to this tragedy, to this ongoing challenge," Trudeau told reporters, as quoted by the media outlet.

The Russian Emergencies Ministry recently offered to send Il-76 firefighting planes to help tackle wildfires in Canada.

Alberta has been gripped by wildfires since early May, most affected is the oil-producing town of Fort McMurray when 1600 houses have been reduced to ashes. The damage caused by wildfires to McMurray is estimated at 9 billion Canadian dollars ($7 billion).

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