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Russian pilot among crashed copter crew released

Russian pilot among crashed copter crew released

Aug 13, 2016 - 16:48

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Moscow on Saturday confirmed Russian pilot Sergei Sevastyanov, seized by Talibaninfo-icon in Afghanistaninfo-icon on August 4, will be transferred soon to the Russian embassy in Islamabad.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday among the crewmembers released on Friday and handed over to Pakistani authority was the helicopter's pilot S.K. Sevastyanov.

"We expect that now the Russian citizen will be transferred to the Russian embassy in Islamabad, which will organize for him to return to the Fatherland," the ministry added.

The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed deep gratitude to the Pakistani and Afghan authorities for energetic efforts in release of the Russian citizen.

The Pakistaninfo-icon-owned Mi-17 helicopter made an emergency landing in Azra district of Logar province on August 4 when it was heading for maintenance and repairs to an enterprise belonging to the Russian Helicopters Company.

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry on Saturday the crew of Mi-17 has been released. The helicopter belonged to Punjab government, the crew was kept hostages since August 4 by a Taliban group as the chopper made an emergency landing in Logar Province.



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