Russia asks Kiev for permission to help at plane crash site

MOSCOW, July 17 Thu Jul 17, 2014 2:05pm EDT

MOSCOW, July 17 (Reuters) - Russia asked Kiev on Thursday for permission to help with rescue work in eastern Ukraine after a Malaysian passenger airliner was brought down there, the Emergencies Ministry said.

"The Russian emergency services sent an official request to our Ukrainian colleagues to carry out joint work at the crash site of a Boeing (plane) on Ukrainian territory," Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov told Russia's RIA news agency. (Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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