Moscow, Apr 20 (PTI) Belarus today announced giving refuge to deposed Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, as Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ruled out "full-blooded" interaction with Kyrgyzstan's new regime, which seized the power following violent rioting earlier this month.
Ending days of uncertainty over the toppled leader's whereabouts, RIA Novosti quoted Belarus President Alexander Lukashenka as saying that Bakiyev has arrived in Minsk.
"Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev is in Minsk with his family, under the protection of our state and my personal protection," President Lukashenka announced in the parliament.
Bakiyev left Kyrgyzstan last week after being overthrown. He was initially in neighbouring Kazakhstan, but the Kazakh foreign ministry yesterday said that he had left, without specifying his destination.