August 1, 2016

Kyrgyz President Atambayev: Ankara should not threaten us with coup

If someone wants to help Kyrgyzstan, this help should be unconditional, the President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev said.

Kyrgyzstan is a sovereign country, any assistance should be provided without conditions, the President said.

“If you set some conditions, then, please, do not help at all. We are not dictated anything. We are one of the oldest nations in the world. There are several ancient nations: Jews, Chinese and Kyrgyz. There are several nations who live thousands years... Do not tell us what we should do. We do not need such aid then, take it away,” AKIpress cited the President as saying.

Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu earlier called on the Kyrgyz authorities to change the attitude to the 'gang' of Fethullah Gülen, the U.S.-based cleric whom Turkey blames for the coup attempt.

“If you do not change the attitude to them, then we will change the attitude to you,” the Turkish Foreign Minister said.

Published on Vestnik Kavkaza, 1 August 2016, Monday