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Russia: We reject any attempts to change power in Guinea in an unconstitutional way

The Russian Foreign Ministry revealed Moscow’s opposition to any attempt to change power in Guinea in an unconstitutional manner, calling on the rebels to release the country’s President Alpha Conde immediately.
In the first official reaction to the coup in Guinea, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying, “We are following with great concern the developments in the friendly Republic of Guinea, where a group of soldiers headed by the former commander of the Special Forces Battalion, Mamady Domboya, seized power by force of arms.”
The statement also mentioned that there are media reports that the rebels stormed the residence of President Alpha Conde and arrested him and announced the suspension of the constitution, the dissolution of Parliament and the government and the imposition of a curfew across the country, indicating that the whereabouts of the detained head of state is still unknown.
The ministry added: “Moscow rejects any attempts to change power in an illegal manner. We demand the release of Alpha Conde and guarantee his safety. We consider it necessary to immediately restore the situation in Guinea to its constitutional course. We urge all Guinean political forces to refrain from steps that would lead to more violence and the trend towards a peaceful settlement of the situation through negotiations.
The Foreign Ministry also stated that the Russian Embassy in Conakry confirmed that there were no casualties among Russian citizens residing in Guinea, and that all necessary measures were taken to ensure their safety.
The ministry also recommended that Russian citizens refrain from trips to Guinea until the situation in this country fully returns to normal.
The Foreign Ministry also informed that the previously announced visit of Guinean Foreign Minister Ibrahim Khalil Kaba to Russia will not take place.

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