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Yemen’s Saleh downplays Russia’s refusal to receive him

Ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh yesterday downplayed reports that Russia refused to receive him, either for political asylum or treatment.

“President Saleh will remain in his homeland and will not leave it for periodic medical examination or for any reason whatsoever,” an official in Saleh’s office wrote on Facebook.

According to the source Saleh is in good health and does not need any medical tests but if there is a need in the future, doctors in Yemen will examine him.

According to the source Saleh’s stay in his homeland is a matter of principle in the “face of barbaric aggression on Yemen,” stressing that “Saleh will live only among his family and people”.

The statements came after charge d’affaires of Russian embassy in Yemen Oleg Dremov said Moscow would never grant political asylum to Saleh and did not plan to receive him for treatment, stressing on his country’s commitment to implementing UN Security Council resolution 2216 on Yemen, which recognises Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi as president.

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