Russia calls for 'restraint' in Egypt after Mursi ouster

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia on Thursday called on all of Egypt's political forces to "exercise restraint" and refrain from violence, following the toppling of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi by the army.

"We consider it important for all political forces in Egypt to exercise restraint... to consider the broad national interests of their actions, and to prove that they strive to solve the brewing political and socio-economic problems in a democratic framework, without violence, and accounting for the interests of all social groups and religious confessions," the foreign ministry said in a statement.