Russia to evacuate its citizens from Syria via Lebanon

syrian poster- killings in syria is made in  RussiaThe Russian government says it is sending two planes to Lebanon to evacuate Russians from Syria, the first such effort since the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad began in March 2011.

The Emergency Situations Ministry said two of its planes will fly to Beirut on Tuesday to carry more than 100 Russians from Syria.

Monday’s announcement appears to reflect Moscow’s increasing doubts about Assad’s ability to cling to power and growing concerns about the safety of its citizens.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has said that it has contingency plans in place to evacuate thousands of Russians from Syria.

Russia has been the main ally of Assad since the start of the conflict, using its veto power at the United Nations Security Council to shield the Syrian strongman from sanctions.

WP/AP

 

Update: Russia will be sending the following  2 planes

A Russian cargo plane IL-76 and Russian passenger plane Yak-42

Photo: Protest against Russia’s backing of the Syrian regime in its crackdown against the uprising. Over 60,0000 have been killed by the forces loyal to president Bashar al Assad since the uprising started in March 2011

  • Patience2

    Why must the Russians avoid just flying their people right out of Syria? A boat out of Tartus would suffice. Do you suppose they want to drag poor little Leb into “troubled waters”?? I wouldn’t put it past them.

    • Hannibal

      Better yet grab them in Lebanon and hand them to the FSA. he he

  • Patience2

    Why must the Russians avoid just flying their people right out of Syria? A boat out of Tartus would suffice. Do you suppose they want to drag poor little Leb into “troubled waters”?? I wouldn’t put it past them.

    • Hannibal

      Better yet grab them in Lebanon and hand them to the FSA. he he