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Russian Foreign Ministry urges parties in Egypt to exercise restraint

July 05, 2013, 12:14 UTC+3

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lukashevich said Russia is ready to continue and expand cooperation with Egypt

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MOSCOW, July 5 (Itar-Tass) - The Russian Foreign Ministry urges all parties in Egypt to be reasonable and exercise restraint solving thorny problems in a democratic way, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Friday.

“We have always had and do have very close, historically time proved relations with Egypt in very different spheres,” Lukashevich said. “We are ready to continue and expand our cooperation,” he added.

The diplomat expressed the opinion that the situation in Egypt has not stabilized. “Today’s events can well reverse it towards the continuation of tensions despite a set of decisions passed by the Egyptian leadership,” he said.

He said Russia has a lot of cooperation plans with Egypt, and “they are well known.” “It seems to me that prospects are rather stable and good from the point of view of our long-term cooperation with that country,” he noted. However, “let us see what the complicated processes underway in Egypt will lead to,” the spokesman said.

“We expect the parties will be reasonable, will demonstrate restraint and will be solving all most difficult problems within the framework of democratic procedures,” Lukashevich said. “I think the Egyptian leadership has also received such signals from different international organizations, from the leadership of the largest states,” he added.

Speaking about “a vast sector of tourism in the development of which any government of Egypt will be interested,” the diplomat noted that “now we are seeing that the flow of tourist trips to that country remains as it is, even despite these difficult and not very predictable prospects for the development of the situation”.

At the same time, Lukashevich stressed that the Russian Foreign Ministry once again “insistently recommends simultaneously with colleagues from the Rosturizm Federal Tourism Agency to be maximally cautious, to exercise vigilance and not to leave the resort zones”.

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