British Rescuers Give Americans Mad Props
An interview in MosNews with two members of the British rescue team shows that the Americans did actually play a vital role in the rescue of the crew of AS-28:
"We did not have the equipment we needed. There is a fundamental difference between Russian and NATO military airplanes. Russian planes unload themselves, but our[s] need special equipment that is in the majority of large airports. It was assumed that it would be in Russia too, but it wasn’t there in Kamchatka. Fortunately, two or three hours after we arrived, Americans came in a big C-5 Galaxy plane with the equipment. If it weren’t for them, I’m afraid none of it would have been possible."
Well, at least we got some good press...