“The first two planes will leave today," Stepanov told reporters, adding that the departure time is not yet determined.
The russian teams will include rescuers with extensive experience in earthquake response, as well as doctors and psychologists. "We will also send Russian equipment to inspect buildings," Stepanov said.
On Saturday, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal, causing major damage in the country and claiming the lives of some 2,000 people.
In a statement issued Saturday evening, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon promised to provide Nepal with relief materials and assistance and thanked the countries that had already offered their help in the aftermath of the disaster.