Russia sends military transport planes to China to evacuate Russians

Russian military transport planes are beginning to evacuate Russian citizens from China this Saturday. This was announced by the press secretary of the head of state Dmitry Peskov.
Speaking to reporters. Peskov said that in connection with the outbreak of coronavirus in China, Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to involve military transport aircraft of the Russian Armed Forces to evacuate Russian citizens from the territory of China.

On the order of the President of Russia, Supreme Commander Vladimir Putin to evacuate Russian citizens from areas of China most affected by the coronavirus will be involved aircraft of the Russian Air Force, which will begin to operate flights today

He said.
The day before, the Russian Embassy in China reported that there were no cases among Russian citizens in China.
According to data provided by the Chinese side, there are currently 341 Russian citizens in Hubei Province, 300 of them in Wuhan City. The embassy established communication with 186 compatriots. The order and time of the evacuation will be announced additionally

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the embassy said in a statement.
According to the statement, all citizens who left Hubei province as part of the evacuation will be placed in a 14-day quarantine upon return to Russia.

The city of arrival and the place of quarantine will be announced additionally

The embassy said.
Earlier, the head of the Russian government Mishustin ordered the closure of the Russian border in the Far East to prevent the penetration of a new coronavirus in Russia. A special corridor for the exit has been created for Russian tourists in China.