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#21 Posted on 8.9.04 2302.48 Reposted on: 8.9.11 2303.12
The Russians are saying some interesting things now.
Originally posted by The Associated PressCol.-Gen. Yuri Baluyevsky, chief of the general staff of Russia's armed forces, asserted Russia's right to strike terrorists beyond its borders.
"As for carrying out preventive strikes against terrorist bases ... we will take all measures to liquidate terrorist bases in any region of the world," he told reporters.
Originally posted by APEuropean Union officials reacted cautiously to Baluyevsky's statements, with spokeswoman Emma Udwin saying she could not be sure whether they represented government policy. Udwin said the 25-nation EU is against "extra-judicial killings" in form of pre-emptive strikes
Originally posted by APBut since the attack in Beslan, Putin and other top officials have turned up the volume on their accusations that Western nations apply double standards and hinder Russia's fight against terrorism by questioning its policy in Chechnya.
Responding to a statement by State Department spokesman Richard Boucher, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday that "we solve our internal problems ourselves and there's no need to search for an American route to political normalization in Chechnya," Interfax reported.
I'm inclined to sympathize with the Russians, here. If this were just about Chechnyans fighting for self-determination, I'd feel a little easier about condemning Russia. As it stands, though, the cause of Chechnyan indepenence is either a creation of Islamic terrorists, or has simply been co-opted by them. Makes negotiations impossible, when the other side wants to kill your children.