In this file photo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, right, meets with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Sochi on May 13, 2019.
In this file photo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, right, meets with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Sochi on May 13, 2019. Pavel Golovkin/AFP via Getty Images

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi discussed measures taken to combat the spread of Wuhan coronavirus in a phone conversation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday. 

“The Russian side appreciated the measures taken by China to combat the spread of the disease caused by coronavirus,” the Russian ministry said in a statement. “The issues of Russian-Chinese cooperation in this area were discussed.”

Russian Aerospace Forces planes will evacuate citizens from China on Feb. 3 and 4 after two people were confirmed to have coronavirus on Friday, Russian News Agency TASS quoted Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov as saying Saturday.

“Due to the fact that it has taken certain time to finalize the coordination of flight information by the Chinese side, the evacuation of Russian nationals from China by planes of the Aerospace Force will be carried out on February 3 – 4,” Peskov said, according to TASS.

TASS added that official figures indicate 341 Russian citizens are in the evacuation region, including 300 people in Wuhan.

In a tweet by the Russian Government on Saturday, flights between Russia and China will be suspended, aside from Aeroflot flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Four Chinese airlines which fly to Moscow will remain in operation.