Kremlin states there will be no decision to seal Russia's borders amid chaos
(MENAFN) The Kremlin says no decision has been made on whether to close Russia's borders to prevent an outflow of military-aged males from the nation following days of chaos during the country's partial mobilization for its conflict in Ukraine.
When asked about the possibility of the border being closed on Monday, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters, “I don’t know anything about this. At the moment, no decisions have been taken on this.”
Reports that Russia may seal the border have added to the chaos since President Vladimir Putin issued an order last week to call up hundreds of thousands of reservists in the largest escalation of the seven-month Ukraine war.
Flights out of Russia have sold out, and automobiles have piled up at border crossings, with rumors of a 48-hour line at Georgia's lone road border, the country's only pro-Western neighbor that lets Russian nationals to enter without a visa.
“Panic. All the people I know are in panic,” according to David, a Russian who gave only his first name out of fear of reprisals, in an interview with a news agency at a border crossing with Georgia. “We are running from the regime that kills people.”
Long lineups of automobiles were also visible on highways leading to Kazakhstan and Mongolia border crossings.
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