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BISHKEK/ MOSCOW: Preparations for the meeting of the EAEU Intergovernmental Council to be held in the Kyrgyz resort town of Cholpon-Ata on August 9 are underway as normal, spokesman for the Russian embassy in the country Viktor Kharchenko told media.

Preparations are underway as normal. Assigned groups are working as planned, he said.

On Wednesday, press service of the Kyrgyz cabinet also stated that the meeting would be held as scheduled. On August 7, the Kyrgyz special forces launched an operation to detain former Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev who is suspected of corruption and stripped of his immunity. However, his supporters put up resistance in the village of Koi-Tash, where Atambayev’s residence is situated. One special forces officer died and 52 people were injured.

The operation to apprehend the former head of state failed.

The latter repeatedly denied all accusations. Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov has said that the former leader violated the constitution by putting up armed resistance to law enforcement officers. In turn, Atambayev announced plans to bring his supporters to Bishkek to hold a protest rally.

Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is in Kyrgyzstan on Thursday to take part in a Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) meeting. According to an official statement by the Russian government, the participants of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council meeting will focus on the establishment of a common EAEU financial system and examining the perspectives of economic and industrial cooperation.

The union body’s meeting will be held in Cholpon-Ata, a Kyrgyz resort town, on Friday.The Eurasian Economic Union, aimed at boosting economic relations, was founded in 2014 between Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia; Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan joined later.

Medvedev’s visit to Kyrgyzstan comes in the wake of a failed attempt to arrest the former Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev who is accused of corruption. On Wednesday, a police officer was killed, 45 people wounded during the raid on Atambayev’s residence, which ended up with the special forces withdrawal early Thursday after failing to detain Atambayev.

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