Putin Blames US, UK for Chechen Terror

by Laurence on 9/30/2004

From Ariel Cohen’s article on EurasiaNet

Putin places much of the blame for Russia’s misadventures in Chechnya on the West. “I have been tracking the issue for several years and have made up my mind”, he said. The Western powers are interested in keeping Russia down and “involved in its own problem” by supporting Chechen separatism, Putin believes. Both the United States and Great Britain have granted political asylum to Chechen separatist leaders, he said, and Western intelligence services maintain contacts with Chechen fighters.

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