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Foreign ministry confirms 24 Russians detained at Seoul’s airport

December 16, 2016, 19:54 UTC+3

The Russian embassy will help settle the situation and will offer all necessary assistance to the Russian nationals

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MOSCOW, December 16. /TASS/. Twenty-four Russian nationals have been detained at Seoul’s airport. The Russian embassy will offer all necessary assistance to them, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

"According to preliminary information, twenty-four Russian citizens have been detained at Seoul’s airport," the ministry said. "Sixteen of them arrived by a Sibir air company’s plane, six - by an Aurora plane, one arrived from Vietnam, and one - from Uzbekistan."

"The South Korean side said the reason for detention was violation of migration laws," the ministry said. "The Russia embassy will help settle the situation and will offer all necessary assistance to the Russian nationals."

Russia’s consul in Seoul on Saturday morning will go to the Incheon International Airport located some 60 kilometers off the capital city to try to settle the situation over the detention of 24 Russian nationals, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in South Korea told TASS on Friday.

"The consul will go to the airport tomorrow morning to try to settle the situation," the spokesman said, adding that the embassy officers have tried to contact South Korea’s immigration service but to no avail as the working day is over.

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