Russia evacuates more than 380 people from Afghanistan

14:50, 18 November 2021
Russia evacuates more than 380 people from Afghanistan

Russia will evacuate more than 380 people, citizens of the Russian Federation and other countries, from Afghanistan, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

Three Russian military transport aircraft will withdraw the citizens of Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Ukraine, and Afghanistan out of the country.

"Each Russian military transport aircraft carries 36 tons of humanitarian aid of the Russian Federation for the population of Afghanistan. The first batch of 36 tonnes will be delivered on November 18. Then there are going to be two more shipments. Overall, over 100 tonnes of humanitarian aid will be supplied," the military said.

The President of the Center for Diasporas of Afghanistan in Russia Ghulam Mohammad Jalal told the Russian news agency Interfax that it was expected to take out a thousand people in just three stages, including Afghans with Russian passports and Afghan students from Russian universities.

Almost 900 Afghan students of Russian universities signed up for export flights to continue their education, the Russian Ambassador to Kabul Dmitry Zhirnov said.

Earlier, the head of the UN mission in Afghanistan Deborah Lyons called on the international community to establish a dialogue with the Taliban* government, the UN website reports.

*The Taliban is a terror organization banned in the US, Russia, and many other countries.