Address of Azerbaijan's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Azerbaijan's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Russia Polad Bulbul oglu appealed to the citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan temporarily residing in the Russian Federation in connection with the COVID-19 outbreak and border closure.
"As you know, the global situation remains tense due to the widespread of the coronavirus; most countries, including Azerbaijan, have closed their borders. The entry into the country is prohibited until April 20. In this regard, I urge you not to travel to the Russian-Azerbaijani border. While there, you are creating problems for yourself, the Russian side, the government of Dagestan, the Azerbaijani side. I beg you not to complicate the situation," Polad Bulbul oglu said.
He explained that since large Russian cities are remote from the border (65 km to Derbent, 185 km to Makhachkala), the embassy will not be able to provide the necessary assistance to those who are near the Russian-Azerbaijani border.
"In this regard, I ask you to be understanding of my request. I understand that it’s difficult, but you need to show restraint, muster up and wait. There is no other way out in the current situation," the ambassador said.
According to him, a decision will soon be made whether the borders will be opened after April 20 or remain closed for some time.
"I ask you to keep in touch with the Azerbaijani Embassy in Moscow, call the hotline, send us your documents. We are compiling lists of people planning to leave for Azerbaijan. At the earliest opportunity, the embassy staff will contact you and let you know when and how we can send you home. I wish you all good health! Thank you for your understanding!" Polad Bulbul oglu said.