EXCERPT: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday urged Egypt to hold legitimate elections and respect religious rights following the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

"Russia hopes democratic procedures in Egypt will be fully restored and all legitimate electoral procedures will be used for this," Medvedev said in a statement published on the Kremlin website.

Medvedev also emphasised the need for religious freedoms and a lack of sectarian violence, saying that "Russia "considers it extremely important that Egypt retains peace and unity between different confessions."

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