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Russia asks soldiers to release Guinea’s President Conde immediately

Government of Russia has asked for the immediate release of Guinean President Alpha Conde, who was ousted by soldiers on Sunday following a coup.

Moscow has a long history of relationship with Conakry which goes back to trade and economic cooperation during the Soviet times.

The foreign ministry in via a statement said Moscow opposes any attempt at unconstitutional change of leadership.

Moscow also demanded the release of Mr Conde and a guarantee of his immunity.

We consider it necessary to return the situation in Guinea to constitutional norms as soon as possible, it stated.

It also announced that the visit of the Guinean Foreign Minister Ibrahima Khalil Kaba to Moscow, scheduled for Sept. 7, was canceled amid the situation in the West African country.

Recall that Conde, in power for more than a decade, was detained by soldiers led by Col. Mamadi Doumbouya, who accused the president of personalizing politics and not doing enough to improve the country’s economic and social conditions.

Soldiers have also summoned Conde’s ministers and top government officials to a meeting on Monday.

The soldiers also added that failure to attend would be considered a “rebellion”.

The move was protested by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who strongly condemned “any takeover of the government by force of the gun” and called for “the immediate release of President Alpha Conde.”

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