Russia expresses concern about military coup in Gabon

Moscow monitoring developments as army seizes power after election

Ruslan Rahimov  | 30.08.2023 - Update : 30.08.2023
Russia expresses concern about military coup in Gabon


The Russian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that Moscow has concerns about the situation in Gabon and is monitoring developments. 

Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Russia views Gabon as a friendly country and is expecting the situation to stabilize as soon as possible.

The Gabonese army announced Wednesday it seized power in Libreville.

It came shortly after the Gabonese Election Centre confirmed that incumbent President Ali Bongo officially won a third term in elections with 64.27% of the vote.

Zakharova said Moscow has not received any notification regarding injuries or casualties from Russians in Gabon. She advised Russian nationals to avoid traveling to Gabon unless absolutely necessary.

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