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Yeltsin's Visit To Chechnya Still Uncertain

  • Grigory Krichevsky



Moscow, May 13 (RFE/RL) -- The visit of Russia's President Boris Yeltsin to Chechnya is still uncertain.

Our Moscow correspondent reports that Russian security officials continued today to discuss the problems connected to the trip, although Yeltsin's press-office has not yet announced a firm date for it.

The Secretary of the Russian State Commission on Chechnya, Sergei Stepashin, told the Interfax news agency that the commission is concentrating its work on planning Yeltsin's trip . Stepashin said that Russia's "power ministers" fear possible attacks on Yeltsin during the visit.

Yeltsin said on Saturday that he will be visiting Chechnya before the end of this month, to try to press a peace deal to end the fighting in the breakaway republic.

But Chechen separatist field commander Shamil Basayev has said that Yeltsin's visit is nothing more than a publicity move ahead of Russia's June 16 presidential election. Basayev told reporters by phone that he would not hold talks with Yeltsin.
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