Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Two Russian planes en route to Syria with the help possible evacuation of Russians

Two Russian planes loaded with humanitarian aid took off Tuesday morning in the direction of Latakia in northwestern Syria, and could afford to evacuate Russians wishing to leave the country at war, the ministry said Russian Situations emergency.

Ilyushin-62 and Ilyushin-76 carrying a total of 46 tons of aid, took off in the morning on the outskirts of Moscow in the airport of Latakia, the ministry said in a statement.

A spokesman for the Ministry, Irina Rossious, told the Itar-Tass news agency that the aircraft carrying food aid as well as tents, generators, or dishes. They must land at Latakia, a stronghold of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Then the Russian citizens and countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS, former USSR least three Baltic states and Georgia) wishing to leave the country can leave on board the same aircraft, she said.

On January 23, Russia had already repatriated 77 Russians living in Syria, mostly women and children on board aircraft chartered by the Ministry of Emergency Situations to bring humanitarian aid, but from Beirut Lebanon, not Syria.

Only major power still maintain close relations with Damascus, Russia has so far blocked with China, all draft resolutions of the Security Council of the UN condemning President Bashar al-Assad.

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