Russina Citizens Pulled Out of Iraq
Alexander Yakovenko, the Official Spokesman of Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Answers a Question from ITAR-TASS, Interfax and RIA Novosti News Agencies Concerning Reports of Russian Citizens Leaving Iraq
Question: In view of the aggravation of the situation around Iraq staff members of the diplomatic missions there are evacuating that country. Media are also reporting that Russian citizens working there and members of their families are leaving Iraq as well. What could you say in this connection?
Answer: Indeed, there goes the reduction of
the colony of Russian citizens in Iraq numbers. Members of
the families of the Russian specialists have already left,
and at present measures are being taken to organize the
departure from Iraq of an additional number of our citizens.
It is borne in mind to carry this out by planes of Russian
airlines. As to the Russian embassy in Baghdad, it continues
to work as usual.