- Toppled Bakiyev to hold news conference in Minsk on Friday
- Belarus's Lukashenko insists on Bakiyev's candidacy in Kyrgyz presidential elections
- Deposed Kyrgyz President Bakiyev refutes resignation (WRAPUP)
- Kyrgyz government expects Belarus to guard Bakiyev before trial
- Ousted Kyrgyz President Bakiyev leaves Kazakhstan
In its relations with Kyrgyzstan, Moscow acts on the assumption that deposed President Kurbanbek Bakiyev has formally resigned, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday.
"I know - and this was officially announced - that Kurmanbek Bakiyev faxed a letter of resignation to Bishkek. His verbal statements can hardly overrule this document," Lavrov said.
On Wednesday Bakiyev, who had fled Kyrgyzstan following the April 6-8 riots, said he had not in fact resigned and urged world leaders not to recognize the republic's interim government.
MOSCOW, April 22 (RIA Novosti)
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The main event of the third day of the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi was the closing session with President Vladimir Putin. The atmosphere was calm and open, despite the current political tensions and the Russia-West confrontation. The Russian president said that it corresponded to the spirit of the Valdai Club.