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    Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to organize logistics of transportation to Russia of Russian nationals awaiting flights in the Turkish airports, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Russian air carriers were provisionally barred from flights to Turkey amid a military coup attempt in the country.

    "President Putin has instructed the [Russian] Transport Ministry and other corresponding agencies to take measures to inform passengers appropriately, to organize their transportation from Turkish airports, and to provide the passengers awaiting flights to Turkey in Russian airport with all the necessary assistance until the situation clarifies," he said.

    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.

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

    Late on Friday, Turkish authorities said that an attempted coup is taking place in the country. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Turkish citizens to take to streets, stating that the coup attempt was carried out by a small group within the military.

    The coup attempt was reportedly suppressed by early Saturday, with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim stating that all coup supporters have been detained and the country is returning to normal life. Over 180 people were killed and 1,470 were injured during the events, while nearly 3,000 people have been detained, according to the prime minister.


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