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BISHKEK (TCA) — During his first foreign trip after the election as Kyrgyzstan’s president on January 10, Sadyr Japarov met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on February 24.

Japarov arrived in the Russian capital on a two-day visit.

"Undoubtedly, my first trip abroad to Russia as the president of the Kyrgyz Republic proves the high level of the bilateral ties between our nations. We intend to continue strengthening strategic partnership and allied ties," Japarov said at the meeting with Putin.

Putin expressed hope that the political crisis in Kyrgyzstan would come to an end, calling ties between the two countries "close and privileged".

Putin also emphasized the importance of keeping the official status of the Russian language in Kyrgyzstan.

During Japarov's visit in Moscow he will also hold talks with other top Russian officials, including Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and the speakers of both chambers of parliament.

Kyrgyzstan has been in political crisis since parliamentary elections in October led to protests that triggered the toppling of the government and the resignation of then-President Sooronbai Jeenbekov.

Japarov was among several prominent politicians freed from prison by protesters during the unrest.

He had been serving a 10-year prison sentence for hostage taking during a protest against a mining operation in northeastern Kyrgyzstan in October 2013. He has denied the charge.

The 52-year-old's landslide victory on January 10 came in an election that international observers said "generally respected" fundamental freedoms even though the vote was not "fully fair".


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