The Russian air connections with the countries that still have direct routes are blocked, with no possibility for citizens to buy tickets to leave the country after the partial mobilization announced Wednesday by President Vladimir Putin.
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Putin on Wednesday ordered Russia’s first mobilization since World War II and backed a plan to annex parts of Ukraine, warning the West that he meant business when he said he would be willing to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia.
Faced with this announcement, the prices of plane tickets to leave Moscow soared above 9 thousand dollars for the closest one-way tickets abroad, and most were completely sold out for the next few days.
Turkey, one of the countries that does not require visas for Russian citizens, is now inaccessible. Flights to Istanbul, Ankara and Antalya airports they appear exhausted and a Turkish Airlines spokesman quoted by the DPA news agency has announced that they will expand their capacity in the coming days.
The inability to buy flights It is also extended to other countries, such as Armenia, according to the Bloomberg agency, without there being an official explanation for this apparent blockade.
In addition, Internet searches related to a possible departure from Russia or ways of avoid a potential call-up. Google searches for “how to get out of Russia” soared on Tuesday afternoon, with fears of Putin’s impending address to the nation, according to statistics released by Google Trends.
The call-up will initially affect reservists with military experience. The government estimates 300 thousand new recruits to strengthen the capacity of the Russian Armed Forces in the midst of the war in Ukraine.
The Kremlin has not clarified whether the partial mobilization also implies a ban on leaving the country for reservists. “I cannot answer this question for now,” said the spokesman for the Presidency, Dimitri Peskov, during a statement to the media in which he promised that there will be more “explanations” in the future, according to the Interfax agency.
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