(IANS) – The Russian foreign ministry on Sunday denied allegations that the country used passenger planes arranged for evacuating its citizens to supply weapons to conflict-torn Yemen.
“Media reports about claims made by Yemeni Foreign Minister Riyadh Yassin that Russian planes conducting evacuation of our citizens allegedly delivered weapons to Houthi rebels have drawn our attention,” ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.
He said such claims, if truly made, were “absurd, irresponsible and provocative”.
“Russia is evacuating its own citizens and citizens of many other countries, including those in the anti-Houthi coalition. Unlike many others, we do not interfere in the internal conflict in Yemen,” he added.
On Saturday, several news outlets quoted Yassin as saying that Russian planes conducting evacuation from Yemen had delivered weaponry to Houthis and that former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh had fled the country aboard a Russian aircraft.