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MOFA urges Taiwanese expatriates in Russia to heighten alert

MOFA urges Taiwanese expatriates in Russia to heighten alert

Taipei, Dec. 30 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Monday urged Taiwanese businesspeople and students in Russia to heighten safety concerns after the Russian city of Volgograd was struck by two bombing attacks over the past two days. The ministry issued the statement after foreign media reports said a blast tore through an electric bus in the southern Russian city of Volgograd during rush hour Monday morning, killing 14.
Altogether more than 30 people have been killed in the two explosions in the past two days, putting Volgograd on edge and heightening the threat Russia is facing as it prepares to host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in February. Volgograd, located about 650 kilometers northeast of Sochi, serves as a key transport hub for southern Russia, with numerous bus routes linking it to volatile provinces in Russia's North Caucasus, where insurgents have been seeking an Islamic state. The MOFA statement said that even though Volgograd lies 900 km south of Moscow, Taiwanese expatriates should still took precautions to keep themselves safe. According to MOFA figures, there are about 20 Taiwanese businesspeople who live in Moscow and 200-plus Taiwanese students studying in the Russian capital. The MOFA said Taiwan's representative office in Russia has implemented tight security measures. "Taiwanese expatriates are welcome to contact the representative office whenever they need emergency assistance," the statement said. (By Tang Pei-chun and Sofia Wu)


Updated : 2021-03-09 19:24 GMT+08:00