Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry ascertaining citizenship those transported from Syria by Russian EMERCOM
Azerbaijan, Baku, May 29 / Trend S.Agayeva
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan is ascertaining the citizenship of people transported by air from Syria by the Russian Emergency Control Ministry, the official representative of the Foreign Ministry Elman Abdullayev told Trend referring to the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Syria Mahir Aliyev.
"The Foreign Ministry is ascertaining the issue of transportation of Azerbaijanis from Syria by a Russian Emergency Control Ministry flight and the citizenship of these people," Abdullayev said.
Earlier it was reported that the Russian Emergency Control Ministry's plane flewfrom Syria to Moscow on Tuesday night with 130 Russians and citizens of CIS member states.
More than 80 of those who left Syria are citizens of Russia and the rest are from the Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Azerbaijan and Tajikistan. At least 70 out of the 128 on board are children.
In October last year due to security risks, the residency of the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Syria was temporarily moved to Beirut, where the embassy is also accredited.
Clashes between government forces and armed opposition have continued in Syria for over two years. According to the UN statistics, the total number of victims of the conflict in Syria exceeds 70,000 people and nearly three million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Syrian authorities say they are opposed to the well-armed militants.