The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia is ascertaining if there are Russian citizens among the hostages seized by terrorists in Istanbul. As RIA Novosti was told in the Russian foreign-policy agency, the Embassy of Russia in Ankara and the consulate-general of the Russian Federation in Istanbul have now been summoned with such a task. Overnight a group of terrorists declaring their support of the bandit formations operating in Chechnya seized a hotel in Istanbul. According to different information, the criminals are holding from 50 to 100 people hostage. A spokesman for the apparatus of Russian presidential aide Sergei Yastrzhembsky told RIA Novosti that the information about the presence of Russian citizens in the Suissehotel hotel in Istanbul, seized by the terrorists, is also being checked.
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