WASHINGTON, May 15. /TASS/. Citizens of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine are turning to the Russian Embassy in the United States asking for assistance in traveling to Russia in order to reunite with their families, according to Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov.
A passenger plane of the Russian flagship airline Aeroflot took off from JFK Airport in New York to Moscow on Thursday night, local time, carrying Russian citizens, including 10 high school exchange students, wishing to return home amid the ongoing global spread of the novel coronavirus. The Russian ambassador to the United States said that the organized flight was ‘a high achievement.’
"This flight carries 369 citizens," the Russian diplomatic mission cited Antonov as saying on its FaceBook page. "We have never seen an aircraft loaded up this much and this was some kind of a record figure for us."
"There is still a lot to be done. We are receiving requests from citizens of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine asking for our assistance in traveling to Russia in order to reunite with their families," the Russian ambassador said.
Antonov stated on April 3 that over 2,000 Russian nationals in the United States turned to Russian diplomatic missions requesting assistance in returning back to their country. Following the requests at the issue, Aeroflot organized flights from New York on April 7, 14 and 28, as well as from Los Angeles, California, on May 4.