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Russian business cannot return to Yemen in current situation, says envoy

August 10, 2018, 19:39 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, August 10. /TASS/. The return of the Russian business to Yemen amid ongoing conflict and terror activity in some areas is impossible, Russian Ambassador to Yemen Vladimir Dedushkin told TASS in an interview.

"There were media reports about exports of the first pilot batches of Yemeni hydrocarbons from the southern province of Hadhramaut in the last three and a half years. Saudi Arabia’s officials repeatedly reported about support in the restoration of the energy and extractive industries of the Yemeni economy that was destroyed by the war," the diplomat noted. "One can’t but welcome this hard work, that, let’s put it bluntly, is being conducted in extreme conditions with high risks, not everywhere, but wherever possible. There are still sleeper cells, and sometimes active cells, of the terror organizations Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Islamic State (both outlawed in Russia - TASS) in a whole number of ‘liberated’ areas, as Yemeni authorities call them. They still have to be defeated, unfortunately."

"I believe that the complete return of the Russian business to Yemen under the specified conditions is premature, and indeed impossible. First, it is necessary to achieve the end of the conflict and renew the activity of our embassy directly in Yemen (now the Russian diplomatic mission is located in Riyadh - TASS)," the diplomat said. "I think businessmen wouldn’t manage in an extremely dangerous atmosphere without diplomatic support," the envoy added.

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