The embassy of the Russian Federation in Cuba today confirmed the repatriation of 300 Russian tourists stranded on the island, as a result of the ban on the use of European airspace by planes from that country.
The measure applied by the European Union against Russian aircraft is part of the sanctions approved in response to the special military operation undertaken by Moscow in Ukraine, which has been taking place since February 24.
In a message posted on Twitter, the Russian diplomatic headquarters in Havana confirmed that the 300 tourists flew to their country on an Aeroflot aircraft, which arrived in Havana to collaborate in the evacuation of tourists from their country.
According to the counselor for tourism at the Cuban embassy in Moscow, Juan Carlos Escalona, there are currently more than 5,500 Russian vacationers on the island.
The Nordwing airline will also participate in the evacuation operations for Russian tourists, from the Juan Gualberto Gómez airports in Varadero; and Jardines del Rey, in Cayo Coco, two of the tourist centers most visited by Russian tourism, with two weekly frequencies at each point.
According to the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR), about 18,000 Russian tourists are stranded in the Caribbean as a result of sanctions against Moscow.