Russia orders citizens out of Yemen

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Russia on Wednesday urged all its citizens to immediately leave Yemen, calling the situation in the strife-torn country worrying and approaching a more serious escalation.

The foreign ministry said in a statement that the situation in the Arab peninsula country was following an "escalating trend" that could only be resolved through dialogue that addresses pressing social issues.

The statement "strongly encouraged" Russians no to visit the country, and those already in Yemen to leave "due to growing security threats".

© 2011 AFP

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