Russia concerned over events in Armenia, Turkey and Kazakhstan
YEREVAN, JULY 18, ARMENPRESS. Russia is worried over political turbulence in neighboring countries but is confident in due security level at its borders, Russian President’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on July 18, reports TASS.
“The country’s security along its border perimeter is ensured at a proper level. However necessary measures are being taken in view of the latest reports," Peskov said.
At the same time, he noted that the situation in Turkey, Armenia and Kazakhstan cannot be considered in the same way. "Each concrete case should be analyzed individually," he added.
"In one case, it was an attempt at a state coup which resulted in numerous human casualties. In another case, it was about criminal activities. But, naturally, we would like to see our neighbors as stable, prosperous and predictable states. And in this case, we have all the grounds to believe that our neighbors have all the potential to be such," the Kremlin spokesman said.
In the morning of July 17 gunmen stormed a Police HQ in Yerevan and took hostages – demanding the release of Zhirayr Sefilyan, who was imprisoned a month ago, charged with illegal possession, transportation and acquirement of weapons and ammunition. Police Colonel Artur Vanoyan has been killed by the gunmen during the ambush.
Three policemen, one civilian were killed, and several others were injured following an attack on a police station in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, the country's interior ministry said. One of the attackers has been detained. A red level anti-terror alert has been announced in the city, meaning the level of danger is critical.
208 supporters of the Turkish leadership were killed in the failed military coup attempt in Turkey on July 15. 60 of them are policemen, 3 soldiers, 145 civilians. The number of wounded is 1491. The number of arrests is 7543. 316 people are imprisoned.
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