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RUSSIA READY TO RECEIVE AKAYEV ON ITS TERRITORY

RIA Novosti

YEREVAN, March 25 (RIA Novosti) - President of Russia Vladimir Putin has said about Russia's readiness to receive the overthrown President of Kyrgyzstan Askar Akayev on its territory.

This is quite possible, the Russian President told a press conference in Yerevan.

"As for the possibility for Askar Akayev to arrive in Russia, we shall not object, if he expresses his desire to come to Russia. I believe that this is quite possible," the President said.

Vladimir Putin expressed the hope that the new authorities in Kyrgyzstan would place the situation under their control and remedy it as soon as possible.

"These people are well known to us," Vladimir Putin said while speaking about the opposition leaders. He added that those people had earlier worked in the bodies of state power of Kyrgyzstan.

"They contributed in every possible way to the development of relations between Russia and Kyrgyzstan and did much for the establishment of the current level of interstate relations. I hope that in the future our relations will continue to develop in the same direction positively, for the benefit of the peoples of Russia and Kyrgyzstan," the head of the Russian state noted.

"There are all grounds for that and the latest statements by the opposition leaders confirm that this development of relations is quite possible," the President of Russia said.

"We hope that this will be so. On its part, Russia will do everything possible to maintain the level of interstate relations between Russia and Kyrgyzstan and ensure the development of relations between our peoples," the head of the Russian state stressed.

Speaking about the reasons for the latest events in Kyrgyzstan, President Putin noted that they were the result of the weakness of power and unresolved social and economic problems in the country.

"This was not something unexpected for us," the President of Russia said.

"At the same time, it is a regret that once again political problems in one of the countries in the post-Soviet space are not being resolved by legal methods and are being accompanied by pogroms and human victims," Vladimir Putin said.

Meanwhile, Russian diplomats in Alma-Ata do not have any information on the location of Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev. Earlier some mass media reported that the head of Kyrgyzstan was staying in Kazakhstan.

"During the past twenty-four hours, neither Akayev, nor any other person has applied on his behalf to the Embassy of Russia," the diplomat said. "We do not have any information on his (Akayev's) location," he added.



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