Russians detained on Turkish-Syrian border planned to be sent home - Russian Embassy

The Turkish authorities have given the Russian Embassy in Ankara a confirmation of the detention of two Russian nationals on the Turkish-Syrian border; a decision on their return to their home country is pending, press attache of the Russian Embassy to Turkey Igor Mityakov has said.

The Turkish authorities have given the Russian Embassy in Ankara a confirmation of the detention of two Russian nationals on the Turkish-Syrian border; a decision on their return to their home country is pending, press attache of the Russian Embassy to Turkey Igor Mityakov has said.

"The Turkish authorities have verified that the two people detained on the Turkish-Syrian border are Russian nationals. Yet they were not carrying international travel passports," Mityakov told Interfax on July 23.

In the words of the press attache, the embassy will resolve the problem of the issue of temporary ids for their return home.

Asked to comment on media reports saying that the Turkish authorities detained 56 Russian citizens attempting to cross the Syrian border in the period from January 1 till June 30, 2015, the press attache said he was not at liberty to comment on such information because the consular department deals with these questions.

In the opinion of Mityakov, the media focused on the detention of Russian citizens in Turkey, on the border with Syria, after the situation of Moscow State University student Varvara Karaulova.

"They did not show interest in detentions on the Turkish-Syrian border before. This is my personal opinion," he said.

The press attache added it was impossible to tell from statistics of the detention of Russian nationals on the border the precise number of people who tried or managed to cross that border.

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