Turkey evacuated 531 of its nationals Wednesday from European countries amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A specially arranged Turkish Airlines flight carrying 181 Turks left Moscow for Turkey.

Murat Bilgis, one of the citizens returned to Turkey, told Anadolu Agency he came to Russia to establish a business but was stuck after the coronavirus began to spread around the world.

Bilgis said he was very careful and followed instructions of Russian authorities throughout his stay and did not leave his house except for when he shopped for groceries.

He thanked President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his efforts to bring Turkish

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