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Kyrgyz President Arrives In Moscow To Continue Medical Treatment

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev
Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev's office says the Central Asian leader has arrived in Moscow to continue his treatment for apparent problems with his heart.

Atambaev's office said in a September 23 statement posted on the president's website that he arrived in the Russian capital earlier in the day and will continue treatment under the care of Kremlin doctors who had previously "conducted examinations of him and treated him for heart problems."

He is also being accompanied by a top cardiologist who works for the Kyrgyz president and government, the statement said.

RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports that Atambaev, 60, is receiving treatment as a day patient and is not hospitalized.

Atambaev, canceled a trip to New York to attend this week's UN General Assembly after suffering chest pains during the flight, his press service said earlier this week.

It said that he began complaining of "chest pains" as his plane made a stopover in Istanbul on the way to New York, and that "according to the doctors' preliminary conclusion," Atambaev was found to have symptoms of heart problems.

His office also said earlier this week that Atambaev, who has led the country since 2011, was not expected to return to work before October 1.

With reporting by Reuters and Interfax
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