Ministry of Civil Defence, Emergencies and Disaster Relief of the Russian Federation

09/07/2017 | Press release | Archived content

State Secretary – Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations Oleg Bazhenov hosts number of bilateral meetings at Eastern Economic Forum

State Secretary - Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations Oleg Bazhenov has held today a number of bilateral meetings with foreign counterparts at the venue of the Eastern Economic Forum.

At the meeting with chief engineer of the China's Ministry of Water Resources Lu Veipin he discussed further cooperation between the two agencies and noted that the Russian Emergency Ministry was developing a new form of exchanging information on flood situation.

Mr. Bazhenov added that the current risks confirmed the necessity of permanent working contacts between the two countries. Cooperation is of especial importance during the flood season in the Amur river and other border rivers.

'This is why the National Crisis Management Center of the Russian Emergency Ministry is working on a new form of exchanging information of flood situation which would meet all modern requirements,' Mr. Bazhenov said.

The Russian Deputy Minister pointed out that the cooperation between the Russian Emergency Ministry and the Chinese Ministry of Water Resources is strategic partnership by nature. The two countries actively worked together when responding to floods in the Far Eastern region caused by Lionrock typhoon in 2016.

There is a reliable legal foundation for developing the relationships between the two states. It is intergovernmental agreement on disaster management as well as interagency memorandum of understanding in flood control.

Mr. Bazhenov also met with deputy head of the Mongolia's State Emergency Situations Agency Batmunkh Uuganbayar. The Russian-Mongolian relationship in disaster management has been developing at an ever-increasing rate since the Governments of Russia and Mongolia signed an agreement on cooperation for prevention of industrial accidents, natural disasters and relief operations. Despite the fact that one of the first such agreements between the rescue services was concluded more than 22 years ago, it is still active and of pressing nature.

Ties between emergency services of the two countries becoming stronger by the year spurred on by meetings of the joint Russian-Mongolian commission, where Mr. Bazhenov holds the Russian chairmanship.

Russia and Mongolia cooperate in training and supply of fire and rescue equipment, joint efforts to fight transboundary forest and steppe fires.

'We are now working on the potential to use UAVs to detect wildfires in both countries and to translate the information online,' Mr. Bazhenov said.

Another meeting was held to discuss cooperation of the Russian Emergency Ministry with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center. Mr. Bazhenov talked with the Center's executive director Hans Guttman about exchange of operational information.

'We are offering to consider interaction between the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center and the Russian National Crisis Management Center including exchange of information, forecasting and prevention of disasters using satellite monitoring data,' Mr. Bazhenov said.

The State Secretary also noted that the Russian Emergency Ministry kept improving its humanitarian response system with special focus made on the Asia-Pacific region as the one most prone to suffer from natural disasters.