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Consul general: Some 150 Russians remain at Istanbul airport

July 16, 15:48 UTC+3
"Though earlier reports said the airport began working at 6 in the morning, the information is it only now starts approaching the regular work," the consul general said
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MOSCOW, July 16. /TASS/. Some 100-150 Russian citizens are at the airport in Istanbul waiting for return flights, Russia’s Consul General Andrei Podyelyshev told TASS on Saturday.

"We continue working with the Turkish Airlines, make lists to see who needs to go where," he said. "As far as I know, the situation with departures is improving now."

"Though earlier reports said the airport began working at 6 in the morning, the information is it only now starts approaching the regular work," the consul general said. "As yet, I do not have information regarding departures to Russia."

A group of insurgents staged a military attempt coup in Turkey on the night from Friday to Saturday. Bombs were dropped on the parliament building and the presidential palace in Ankara. According to Turkey’s prime minister, 161 people died, and 1,440 got injured, let along victims among putschists.

Turkish authorities report 2,839 military detained after the coup attempt.

Russia’s transport ministry banned the country’s companies make regular flights to Turkey.

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