Russian diplomats working with Sudanese govt to speed up UTair workers' release

The Russian Embassy in Sudan keeps working on the release of the Russian hostages and hopes that will be carried out as soon as possible, Embassy press attache Artur Safukov told Interfax.

The Russian Embassy in Sudan keeps working on the release of the Russian hostages and hopes that will be carried out as soon as possible, Embassy press attache Artur Safukov told Interfax.

"The work on the release of the Russian hostages in Sudan is in progress and we are interacting with the authorities of the country of stay on this issue," he said on Wednesday.

"Hopefully, [the hostages] will be released shortly. We are doing our best to achieve that," Safukov said.

Two Russian nationals, employees of the airline UTair (MOEX: TMAT), were abducted in Sudan on January 29.

Safukov declined to comment on the demands of the abductors for now. "The Embassy thinks it is inexpedient to comment on this information for now. We think the information should not be disclosed for the sake of the soonest release of our hostages," he said.

Speaking of previous hostage taking incidents in Sudan, Safukov said the liberation process had been rather short as a rule. "I cannot remember paying any ransom in the previous incidents," he said.

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