24 Jul 2019 11:36

Kyrgyzstan's ex-president Atambayev leaves for Moscow from Kant airbase

BISHKEK. July 24 (Interfax) - Kyrgyzstan's ex-president Almazbek Atambayev flew to Moscow from the Russian air base Kant on a private jet on Wednesday, an Interfax correspondent has reported.

The plane took off at 1:48 p.m.

Some 300 supporters came to see Atambayev off at the airbase, but only the car carrying the ex-president and accompanying persons was allowed to drive onto the airfield. Three parliamentarians who are members of the Social Democratic Party founded by Atambayev and two members of the Social Democratic Party political council are accompanying the ex-president on his visit to Moscow.

Kunduz Zholdubayeva, an official with the party, said on a social network that the inviting party had sent an RRJ-95B airliner, a special flight of the RusJet airline, for the ex-president of Kyrgyzstan.

The ex-president of Kyrgyzstan earlier said the flight was initially scheduled for 11:00 a.m. local time, but was postponed until 12:30 p.m.

Atambayev said he intends to return from Moscow to Bishkek at 7:00 p.m. local time on Thursday. He did not say with whom he will meet in Moscow, promising to "say everything upon returning."