Kyrgyzstan’s President Atambayev Sent To Moscow Hospital
Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev meets with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow (not seen) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on August 5, 2015. Atambayev fell ill only days after turning 60 as he was making his way to the U.N. General Assembly.
Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev has been sent to Russia for medical help after falling ill in Turkey days after his 60th birthday, the Kyrgyz government told.
Atambayev is Kyrgyzstan’s only post-Soviet leader to arrive to power peacefully in 2011 and has only a year left in office, after which he has said he plans to stand down and focus on his artistic projects.
He was hospitalized during a layover in Istanbul after complaining of “chest pain” Monday, as he was making his way to the U.N. General Assembly. He has now arrived in Moscow, where he has been transported to the presidential hospital for treatment.
Footage of him lying on a stretcher in Turkey has prompted concern about his health and he has officially gone on leave, which is currently scheduled to last until the end of the month.
The statement by the Kyrgyz government said his health was “satisfactory” at present.
Gulmira Baitova, deputy chief doctor of clinical hospital of Presidential affairs of Kyrgyzstan has also arrived to Moscow.
As it was reported Atambayev felt bad in the airport named after Ataturk in Istanbul where the Kyrgyz delegation had connection on the way to New York to the 71st session of the UN General Assembly.