Russia's Aeroflot to Send Empty Planes to Turkey to Evacuate Tourists

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Russia's Aeroflot company to send empty planes to Istanbul on July 17 and to Antalya on July 18 to evacuate Russian tourists from Turkey, a spokesperson for the company said on Saturday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to organize logistics of transportation to Russia of Russian nationals awaiting flights in the Turkish airports.

"On July 17, the Aeroflot flight 2134 will fly to Istanbul with no passengers, on [July] 18 Aeroflot 2142 flight will depart for Antalya empty as well," the spokesperson told RIA Novosti.

Meanwhile, some 4,000 individual tourists from Russia are staying in Turkey, while the number of organized tourists does not exceed 1,000.

On Friday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said that there has been no information on any Russian citizens getting hurt during the attempted military coup in Turkey.

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