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CHECHNYA LINKS LIBRARY

January 15th 2002 · Polish Press Agency · PRINTER FRIENDLY FORMAT · E-MAIL THIS

Putin in Paris: Russia in Chechnya is the same as U.S: in Afghanistan

Paris - Pres.Putin rejected on Tuesday critique of Russia's action in separatistic Chechnya, saying during his visit in Paris that these actions are comparable with conducted by Americans operation in Afghanistan.

At the press conference Jacque Chirac was encouraging Putin to resume talks with Chechen separatists and was stressing that conflict in Chechnya "can not be seen only as terroristic aspect".

Resuming critique against Russia, which have been stopped after Sep. 11, the American State Departament announced last week, that there are signals of "constant human rights violations" in Chechnya.

But, Putin during second visit in Paris, was trying to convince that Moscow has the right to use force in Chechnya.

"September 11th, the world had shaken, because the attack on WTC was a crime against humanity. But, Russia was shaken much earlier, when hundreds of people perished in explosions of Moscow's apartaments" - said Putin, talking about blasts in Moscow and in other Russian cities, where around 300 people have perished. Moscow blames these attacks on Chechen separatists.

" The blood of Russians who perished in Moscow has the same color as the blood of people who got killed on September 11th" - said Putin.

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