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RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR URGES KYRGYZSTAN TO PUNISH SPONSORS OF ANTI-RUSSIAN PROVOCATIONS

RIA Novosti

BISHKEK, April 14 (RIA Novosti's Yulia Orlova) - Russian ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Yevgeni Shmagin has invited the Kyrgyz authorities to take measures concerning sponsors of provocations against the Russian-speaking population.

At a meeting of Foreign Minister of Kyrgyzstan Roza Otunbaeva with representatives of the Slavic diasporas and Russian compatriots, the ambassador voiced the concern of the Russian-speaking population.

"Leaflets appealing for jihad regarding Russians and, for some reason, Koreans, are circulating in the city. Measures have to be taken to end such provocations", Shmagin said.

Further outflow of Russian-speakers will "create additional socio-economic problems for Kyrgyzstan proper", he warned.

"The embassy has asked for help from colleagues in the federal center because the embassy cannot today serve all those willing to leave Kyrgyzstan for Russia", Shmagin said.

At the same time, he expressed confidence that Kyrgyzstan has always been and remains as a state with which Russia will retain the most friendly relations.

Representatives of the ethnic diasporas have called the government for cutting short "facts of threat and blackmail in the address of the non-aboriginal population, which have roused people" and noted "the slack measures from the law-enforcement agencies of Kyrgyzstan with respect to organizers of such provocations".

Today 20,000 Russian nationals are residing in Kyrgyzstan on a permanent footing.



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