The Russian Foreign Ministry has refuted reports quoting Yemeni Foreign Minister Riyadh Yasin as saying that Russian aircraft that evacuated Russian citizens from Yemen allegedly delivered weapons to Houthi rebels and airlifted former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
"If such reports are true, such absurd, irresponsible and provocative claims hardly require any commenting," says a statement of Russian Foreign Ministry representative Alexander Lukashevich posted on the ministry's website.
"In difficult conditions Russia is evacuating its own citizens and citizens of many other countries, including those belonging to the anti-Houthi coalition from Yemen. Unlike many others we don't permit ourselves any interference in the internal conflict in Yemen," the Russian diplomat stressed.
"Apparently, the foreign minister of Yemen who as we understand is now staying abroad could be advised against engaging in dangerous fantasizing but paying more attention to the sufferings of the civilian population of the Republic of Yemen the death toll among which reaches hundreds," Lukashevich said.
"On our own part we once again confirm the need to implement the Russian initiative of declaring a humanitarian pause in Yemen which is currently debated at the UN Security Council," he added.
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