MOSCOW, April 1. /TASS/. The second aircraft sent from the United States to Russian diplomats, carrying out flight new York- Moscow, landed Sunday at the airport Vnukovo-2. About it the correspondent of TASS from the event.
On Board the Il-96 special flight detachment “Russia” there are 14 employees of the Consulate General in new York and the permanent mission to the UN with their families.
Around 10:40 GMT has landed the first aircraft that brought home 46 employees of the Russian Embassy in Washington and their loved ones.
In the hours that followed the returning diplomats have left the territory of the closed terminal Vnukovo-2 by vans and cars for relatives. With the press they did not communicate, although at the entrance to the airport there were about 20 journalists. Even the curtains on the vans were drawn, although sometimes it was possible to notice that the Windows look out children. For the vans was following trucks with things.
Upon returning from the UK sent diplomats first airport left women with young children. Relatives met them at the entrance, and the journalists had the opportunity to ask returned with a few questions. This time, according to the correspondent of TASS, relatives met their loved ones directly on the terminal.
On 26 March the United States announced the expulsion of from 60 Russian diplomats (46 people from the Embassy in Washington, two of the Consulate General in new York, another 12 employees of the permanent mission to the UN declared persona non grata), and the closure of the Consulate General of Russia in Seattle. This decision was taken in connection with the poisoning in Britain of former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal, in which a number of Western countries accuse Moscow.
Only the United States left 171 people. To them were given two planes Il-96 of the special flight detachment “Russia”.