COVID restrictions have forced diplomats to find an unorthodox way home.
This is not your standard diplomatic transportation.
A video released by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday showed diplomats pushing carts with suitcases onto the barren land near North Korea’s northern border and driving along railroad tracks.
The ministry said that the organization had been working at the Pyongyang Embassy and was forced to improvise because the travel ties between the two countries had been severed for more than a year.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on social media: “Since the border has been closed for more than a year and passenger communications have been suspended, it is necessary to take a long and difficult road home.” The ministry attached a # label to the Russian language: “No People stay.”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the eight embassy staff and their families, including children, first took the 32-hour train and then took the bus to the border area, prepared the trolley and installed it on the rails. The diplomat pushed the trolley for more than a mile to cross the border.
In the video, the group smiled and cheered as they crossed the bridge on the Russian side of the Hassan border. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the group was met by representatives waiting for the bus. Subsequently, the team was driven to Vladivostok (Vladivostok) airport for 160 miles.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that one of the diplomats, Vladislav Sorokin, was the secretary of the embassy.
In January last year, North Korea closed its borders for international travel. The country insists that there are no cases of COVID-19, and many experts are skeptical.
During the pandemic, many countries have been working hard to repatriate their citizens and diplomats because international air travel was closed and countries closed their borders. The US State Department said in April last year that as the pandemic spread, it had evacuated 6,000 diplomats from around the world, which was unprecedented.