Medvedev expressed concern over Kyrgyz riot

April 8, 2010 11:02 am 

MOSCOW, April 8 — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday expressed concern over Kyrgyz riot and urged Kyrgyzstan to end violence, his spokeswoman said.

"The president thinks that the most important thing is that further deaths are prevented and control over the country is restored," Natalia Timakova said, quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency.

"This is Kyrgyzstan's domestic affair but the form this protest has taken points to an extreme level of public outrage with the authorities," Timakova cited Medvedev as saying.

"Kyrgyzstan has been and remains Russia's strategic partner so we will closely follow the developments in the republic," Timakova said.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin earlier called on the Kyrgyz government and opposition for restraint, after a day of clashes in the capital Bishkek.

"No matter what is going on there, it's Kyrgyzstan's domestic affair. The only thing I ask is that the authorities and opposition demonstrate restraint and refrain from violence," Putin said at a news conference in Moscow, quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency.

The prime minister stressed that Russia was not involved in Kyrgyz riot.

Clashes between police and opposition protesters in Kyrgyzstan continued on Wednesday, as protesters stormed into parliament building, took over the national TV and radio building and set fire on government offices in Bishkek.

At least 40 people were killed and more than 400 others were injured in the violent clashes, the Kyrgyz Health Ministry reported. (PNA/Xinhua)

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