Russia urges political groups in Egypt to exercise restraint

The Russian Foreign Ministry has called on all political groups in Egypt to exercise restraint and act without violence and recommended that Russian tourists refrain from traveling outside resort areas.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has called on all political groups in Egypt to exercise restraint and act without violence and recommended that Russian tourists refrain from traveling outside resort areas.

"We consider it important that all political forces in Egypt in the current situation display restraint, be guided in their actions by higher national interests, and prove through their actions their desire to resolve the urgent political and socioeconomic problems within a democratic framework, without violence, and their taking into account interests of all factions and faiths in Egyptian society without exception," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

The Foreign Ministry also reiterated its "recommendations that Russian citizens staying in Egypt avoid areas of mass protests and social tension, and that those coming to this country for tourism take the development of the situation as the whole into account and refrain from traveling outside resort areas," it said.

Amid mass protests in Cairo and other Egyptian major cities, the military leadership announced President Muhammed Morsi's ouster and the appointment of Constitutional Court Chairman Adly Mansour acting head of state.

The military also suspended the effect of the constitution. Army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said a temporary technocratic government and a commission preparing early parliamentary and presidential elections would be put together in the near future.

"Moscow is closely following the development of the situation in Egypt to which Russia is bound by historical relations of friendship and equitable cooperation. Since the very beginning of the major changes in the Middle East, we have declared our support for the Egyptian people's legitimate aspirations for a better life in the conditions of freedom and democratic renewal. This position of Russia remains unchanged and principled," the Foreign Ministry said.

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