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    RUSSIAN EMERGENCIES MINISTRY READY FOR EVACUATION OF RUSSIAN CITIZENS FROM IRAQ

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    HELSINKI, April 14 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Emergencies Ministry is ready for the operation in the evacuation of the Russian citizens from Iraq, Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday in Helsinki.

    Speaking before reporters after the talks with the Interior Minister of Finland Kari Rajamaki the head of the Russian Emergencies ministry stressed that Russia must ensure the security of its citizens who are now in Iraq.

    "We do not want to risk the lives of our citizens when one cannot be sure that the situation in Iraq is fully controlled by the coalition forces," Shoigu said "A real war is going on there, with hundreds of people perishing and we deem it our main task to ensure security of our citizens," added the minister.

    The Russian minister pointed out that the Russian Emergencies Ministry has a vast experience in evacuation of people from the hot spots, in particular such operations were conducted in Yemen, Timor, and Yugoslavia. "We've got everything ready for this operation," Shoigu said.

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