Russia fears 'difficulties' in Kyrgyzstan after poll
Russia fears "difficulties" in Kyrgyzstan after five political parties won seats in elections for the first parliamentary democracy in Central Asia, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.
"An abrupt shift to a parliamentary model can create difficulties," Lavrov said in Russia's first public reaction to parliamentary polls in Kyrgyzstan.
Russia has repeatedly warned that Kyrgyzstan's recent shift to a parliamentary model could spell disaster for the Central Asian nation that was shaken by inter-ethnic violence earlier this year.
"The elections have taken place. Now some difficult work to form a coalition lies ahead. None of the parties has a majority," Lavrov told reporters in televised remarks.
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