Russia has started to evacuate Russian citizens and nationals from Syria after sending two planes to deliver humanitarian aid to the war-torn Middle East country.
The planes carried more than 40 tons of humanitarian aid, including food, tents and power generators. And 99 people who wanted to leave Syria have arrived in Moscow on Wednesday morning.
“Our current task is to make registrations for the returned nationals. Then we will send them to airports or railway stations in Moscow or Moscow oblast. So far, all the people who want to leave Syria have arrived in Moscow,” said Yuri Besedin, deputy director of Moscow branch of Emergencies Ministry.
The Russian Emergencies Ministry will also offer psychological counseling services for the evacuated nationals, most of whom are women and children.
Russia on Wednesday urged the regime and rebels in Syria to swiftly halt their almost two-year conflict, warning that seeking a military settlement risked leading to mutual destruction.
“It’s time to end this two-year conflict,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after a meeting with Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi and other top Arab diplomats.
“Neither side can allow itself to bet on a military settlement as this is a path to nowhere, a path to mutual destruction,” he said.
Russia Evacuates More Nationals from Syria
Russia Sends Four More Warships to Mediterranean Sea Near Syria
A flotilla of four Russian warships is heading to the Mediterranean Sea near the Syrian waters, Russian Defense Ministry says.
The ministry said in a statement to Russian media on Tuesday that the four warships will join an escort ship and smaller vessels, which are currently on duty in the area.