Kremlin will not intervene with military in Kyrgyzstan
Published 12 June, 2010, 19:15
The Kyrgyz provisional government has asked Russia for military help, but Moscow plans to keep its aid strictly humanitarian at this point in time.
Earlier Kyrgyzstan's leaders called on Russia to send peacekeepers to help end the violence that has now spread from the south-western city of Osh to nearby Dzhalal-Abad.
However, the Kremlin says Moscow cannot get involved at this stage, because the crisis is an internal affair of Kyrgyzstan.
Nonetheless, Russia has sent an Il-76 transport plane to the country with humanitarian aid and ten medics, who will help to evacuate those injured. Some eleven of them will be transported to a Moscow hospital.
“The plane is equipped with special medical modules that will be used for the transportation of badly injured citizens of Kyrgyzstan for medical treatment in Moscow,” the Russian Emergencies Ministry's spokeswoman told Itar-Tass.