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Nemtsov Ready To Accompany Yeltsin To Chechnya

Moscow, April 11 (RFE/RL) - The governor of the Russian region of Nizhny Novgorod Boris Nemtsov said today he is ready to accompany Boris Yeltsin on a trip to Chechnya.

Earlier this month the Russian President said that he was planning to visit Chechnya but did not give details.

Interfax quotes Nemtsov as saying that Yeltsin has to start talks with Chechen separatist leader Dzhokhar Dudayev as soon as possible.

Nemtsov says he is sure that Yeltsin will stop the war in Chechnya before the presidential elections in June.

Meanwhile, Chechen separatist spokesman Movladi Udugov told RFE/RL today that Moscow has taken "no real steps towards negotiations". He said fighting in the breakway republic was widespread today. but our correspondent quotes the Russian Military Command as saying there were no new attacks in Chechnya today.