Russia sending aid to Iran after quakes

Russia scrapped plans to send rescuers and medical to Iran on Saturday following deadly earthquakes after Tehran said they were not needed, but Moscow will send blankets and other humanitarian aid, an emergency official said. A plane carrying rescuers had been expected to depart from an airfield near Moscow in the morning, but the flight was called off after Iran said it could handle rescue efforts on its own, Emergency Situations Ministry spokesman Viktor Beltsov said. However, Beltsov said Tehran welcomed an offer of aid from Russia, which planned to send a plane later in the day carrying 4,000 blankets, 100 large tents and a number of electric heaters - a total of 29 tons of equipment. A series of earthquakes and aftershocks that began late Thursday killed at least 70 people in western Iran.