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#COVID19: Russia asks China to respect measures taken to contain spread of coronavirus as Moscow spends visa, flights to Tehran

Russia has asked China to respect the necessary measures the country is taking in preventing the spread of the deadly COVID-19 after the country representative in Moscow formally raised the issue of disproportionate and discriminatory action in Russia's efforts to ensure the virus is contained.

Specifically, Moscow's mayor asked China to respect the measures the city is taking to prevent the spread of the coronavirus after China's embassy complained about disproportionate and discriminatory action against Chinese nationals.

The Chin's embassy this week deplored what it described as the "ubiquitous monitoring" of Chinese nationals on Moscow's public transport network, in a formal complaint sent to local authorities and leaked to Russian media.

But Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin defended the measures and urged the Chinese embassy to encourage its citizens in the Russian capital to comply with the quarantine measures.

"I ask that you relate with understanding to these necessary measures, which are aimed at preventing coronavirus infections from spreading," Sobyanin wrote in a response to the embassy, the Interfax news agency reported.

In Russia's further measures at halting the spread of the China's Virus, authorities will suspend some flights to and from Iran from Friday, except those operated by its national carrier Aeroflot and Iranian airline Mahan Air, according to the Russian Ministry of Transport.

Moscow said earlier this week it would suspend some flights to and from South Korea and would also stop issuing visas to Iranian citizens for regular and transit travel from February 28.

The move is part of wider measures that Russia is taking to prevent the spread of the coronavirus including raids by authorities on potential carriers of the virus and the use of facial recognition technology to enforce quarantine measures.

Russia has also barred many categories of Chinese nationals from entering the country AS THE COVID-19 killing more than 2,800 people and infected about 83,000 worldwide already.

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