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Russia calls for calm in Sudan

AFP  |  Moscow 

on Thursday called for calm in and expressed hope that close bilateral ties would not be threatened, irrespective of who was in power.

Huge crowds of Sudanese demanding the ouster of massed in the as the promised an "important announcement" after months of protests.

"We are monitoring this situation very carefully," Russian Vladimir Putin's told reporters.

"And we are hoping that first and foremost there won't be an escalation that could claim human lives," he said, calling the protests an "internal affair".

"We expect that whatever the outcome, Russian-Sudanese relations" will be a priority for Khartoum, Peskov said.

has been trying to expand its footprint in and said in January that it had sent "instructors" to Sudan, following reports of sightings of Russian-speaking soldiers in

Putin met Bashir last July in where the Sudanese leader said was playing an important role in "preparing Sudanese military personnel".

The protests, which erupted in December over the government's tripling of the price of bread, have become the biggest challenge to Bashir's iron-fisted rule spanning three decades.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 17:35 IST
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