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MOSCOW CRITICIZES SOLANA'S STATEMENT ABOUT SITUATION IN KYRGYZSTAN

RIA Novosti

MOSCOW, March 23 (RIA Novosti) - Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the situation in Kyrgyzstan in a phone conversation with EU Council Secretary General, EU High Commissar for general foreign policy and security policy Xavier Solana.

"In connection with the statement disseminated in Brussels on behalf of Xavier Solana, which contains, in Moscow's opinion, incorrect evaluation of the events in Kyrgyzstan and the causes of the current crisis in that country, the Russian foreign minister drew Solana's attention to counterproductive character of public statements that can be used by Kyrgyz opposition to intensify tension in the country," officials from the department of information and press at the Russian foreign ministry announced.

"In the current situation, it is necessary to provide a fair evaluation of the actions conducted by forces that violated the Constitution and the law. The solution can be based only on current legal norms," the officials in Moscow believe.

In his turn, Solana reassured Lavrov that the EU policy "will be aimed at decreasing tension and supporting political settlement."

The Russian Foreign Minister and the EU Council Secretary General agreed to maintain contacts, the department officials confirmed.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov believes that the situation in Kyrgyzstan has certainly passed the limits of legality.

"In general, the development of internal situation in that Central Asian republic is rather worrisome. The events in the south of the country have long passed the limit of legality," the minister stressed.

"Kyrgyzstan is our ally in the framework of the Collective Security Treaty. I hope that the so-called opposition will be reasonable enough to calm down and turn the development of the events into a political dialogue," the Russian defense minister emphasized.

Contrary to Ukraine or Georgia scenarios, Kyrgyzstan is facing the collapse of the country, said prominent political scientist Andronik Migranyan during a press conference in RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

According to Migranyan, there is a real danger of "the crisis turning into an ethnic conflict, and the increased instability might involve neighboring countries into the conflict."

"It will not be a struggle between democrats and conservatives; it will be a conflict between secular authorities and Muslim forces on the one hand, and a conflict between the Uzbeks and the Kyrgyz on the other," the political scientist said. "It is all very dangerous," he added.

Contrary to events in Georgia and Ukraine, he said, the international community would be interested in putting out the flames of the conflict in Kyrgyzstan and starting a political dialogue between opposing sides.



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