Russia thanks PH again for helping repatriate nationals amid ECQ

Russia thanks PH again for helping repatriate nationals amid ECQ

The Russians are thanking the Philippines again, this is the second time they are doing it during global pandemic brought about by the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19.

The Russian embassy in the Philippines thanked the Philippine government for the repatriation of the 650 Russian nationals affected by the enhanced community quarantine imposed in the different parts of the country.

"No Embassy in the world has its own boats or airplanes. Therefore, we owe a debt of gratitude to the Philippine Government because the Department of National Defense (DND) and Hon. Secretary Carlito Galvez shouldered the flights and ships that took our compatriots from Davao, General Santos, Cagayan de Oro, Dumaguete, Camiguin, Siquijor and many other places to the evacuation airports," he told the Philippine News Agency.

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The declaration of the Philippine government of the Luzon-wide lockdown resulted to the suspension of domestic flights, leaving foreigner and Filipino tourists stranded in the different tourism spots in the country.

Ambassador Khoraev said wo special flights, operated by Russian air companies, repatriated 650 of their nationals.
The first one took off from the Mactan Cebu International Airport on March 26, while the other from the Kalibo International Airport on March 31.

Aside with Galvez, Khovaev also conveyed Russia's gratitude to DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr., and the local governments for facilitating the Russians' evacuation.

Last month rescue at the sea.

The Russian Ambassador recalled the rescue and the medical help that was extended by the Philippines to Capt. Alexander Solodyannikov who was given urgent medical aid despite the ECQ.
The Russian ship captain reportedly suffered "an attack of an unknown respiratory syndrome" onboard the tanker Asphalt Transporter while en route to Australia. He was eventually diagnosed with asthma in a hospital in Metro Manila.

"Just like the evacuation of Russian tourists, the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) was a great help in coordinating the transfer of the seriously ill Captain from Mindanao to Manila. I am pleased to say that Mr. Solodyannikov, A.V. is currently in no danger. His condition was treated in a highly professional way," Khovaev said.
The Russian ambassador said the rescue is a "striking example of bilateral cooperation under crisis conditions in the spirit of friendship and partnership" between Manila and Moscow.
"Once again, I sincerely thank Hon. Secretary Teodoro Locsin and Hon. Secretary Carlito Galvez for their help with this rescue operation. Speed was of the essence in this particular case and we would have never managed to secure necessary permissions without their endorsements," he said.

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