BEIRUT, January 22 (Itar-Tass) — Three buses taking Russian nationals from Syria have crossed the Lebanese border. Russian diplomats arriving to the Al-Jdeida-Masnaa border check point offer them consular assistance.
The number of Russian nationals who left Syria will be specified later. The bus convoy will head for the international airport of Beirut where two EMERCOM planes that will evacuate Russian nationals wishing to leave Syria are expected to arrive at 5 pm and 5:15 pm Moscow time on Tuesday.
“This is not a planned evacuation, but the return of citizens who wished to go back to Russia as a result of circumstances facing them in Syria. These are first of all people left without shelter and means of subsistence, first of all Russian women who married Syrian nationals, and their children. They have asked the Embassy in Damascus for help,” a diplomat from the Russian Embassy to Lebanon stressed.
Flights between Damascus and Moscow continue. Planes of Syrian Airlines make two flights a week. Those who cannot buy the tickets that cost several hundred dollars take an opportunity to fly via Beirut.
A total of 5,300 Russian nationals are registered by the Russian consular service in Syria.