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Russia Delivers Aid To Kabul And Evacuates Nationals Back To Russian Federation

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The Russian Federation is delivering aid to the Taliban in Kabul and also evacuating citizens and other nationals to the Russian Federation. There will be multiple flights over the near term.

“The special flights carried out by the Russian Defense Ministry will deliver to Afghanistan a large consignment of humanitarian cargo prepared by the Emergencies Ministry. It includes food, medicine and essential goods. 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,” declared Russia’s Ambassador to Kabul, Dmitry Zhirnov, reported Russian state news agency TASS.

According to the diplomat, the Taliban (banned in Russia) assured that the aid would be distributed among those in need. “This is essential. The Afghan authorities understand that any mistake will seriously complicate their further work with foreign funders,” Zhirnov pointed out.

The diplomat also stated that Russian citizens would be evacuated from Afghanistan on return flights. As Zhirnov noted, almost 900 Afghan students of Russian universities signed up for export flights in order to continue their education.

The returning planes will transport 380 Russian, Belarusian, Kyrgyz, Armenian, Ukrainian and Afghan nationals to Russia, reported The Moscow Times.

“Military medics were sent with the necessary medical equipment to help these people,” the Defense Ministry was quoted as saying.

Russian Ambassador to Kabul Dmitry Zhirnov added that 900 Afghan students who have been accepted to Russian universities also signed up for the evacuation planes. 

“We all remember what happened at the Kabul airport when the Americans were taking out their own, how many people died then because of the confusion,” the Russian envoy said. 

“I must say that the Taliban authorities have interacted with us constructively and responsibly on this issue,” he added.

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