Russians start to
flee evacuate Syria
MOSCOW (AP) -- The 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.
|From the two-letter news agency, so just fair-use abstract here.|
The Emergency Situations Ministry said two of its planes will fly to Beirut on Tuesday to carry more than 100 Russians from Syria.
|More planes to follow. Guaranteed. I personally am hopeful of images of Russian transport helicopters landing on the roof of the Russian embassy in Damascus...|
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.
|Since Pencilneck himself is living on a Russian houseboat...|
Russia has been the main ally of Assad since
|Along with the tons of biological and chemical weapons Syria has been storing on behalf of Saddam and the Russians from 2003...|
the start of the conflict, using its veto power at the United Nations Security Council to shield the Syrian strongman from sanctions.
|they turned on Israel in the 1950s...|
Posted by: Steve White